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Gemini telescope. Astronomical research

Gemini telescope. Astronomical research


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In the picture we see the sunset and the North Gemini, one of the largest telescopes on Earth, which is preparing to enter the distant universe. The flexible 8.1-meter mirror of the Gemini has really led humanity to distant stars, nebulas, galaxies and quasars, telling us about the geometry, composition and evolution of the universe.

The photograph is actually a composition of more than 40, taken while the dome of the Gemini turned; later the image of a star field that was seen from that same location was added. The dome of the Gemini is not transparent, it only seems so because it was spinning while the exhibitions were taking place to obtain this image.

On the dome can be seen the constellations of Scorpio and Sagittarius, as well as the wide strip of our galaxy, the Milky Way, which includes the direction in which the galactic center is.

Gemini Norte's twin, Gemini Sur, is located in Cerro Pachón, Chile.

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