Gemini, GPI, and a new friend

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The GPIES Exoplanet Survey has begun!  But that’s a different post.  For now, here are some photos of these great beautiful machines.DSC_6681DSC_6610 DSC_6615DSC_6607 DSC_6590

As we came up to the domes after dinner tonight, we had a visitor overhead, circling around and, well, soaring over the SOAR telescope right next door.  Our local expert in Andean wildlife, Gemini instrument scientist Pascale Hibon, says this is a juvenile female condor, younger than three years because she’s not yet displaying any white adult feathers. We have decided she is named Henrietta.

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The sun has just set, and we’re slewing towards the first target of the night… ¡Adelante!

About Marshall Perrin

Associate astronomer at STScI, and GPI data pipeline team lead.

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  1. […] exoplanet, had a series of commissioning runs, took the SPIE conference at Montreal by storm, and found a new friend. Tonight, the night of November 11-12, 2014, we are in the midst of starting what GPI was designed […]