September 2, 2015

What Self-Luminous Planets are Like

The planets that we are familiar with in our own solar system have evolved, aged, and cooled, for over 4.5 billion years since the Sun and […]
August 6, 2015

How GPI Works to See Planets

I sometimes compare the challenge of directly detecting a Jupiter orbiting a nearby star to finding a glowing needle in a haystack.  Oh, and by the […]
March 4, 2015

Debris Disks: Searching for Dust to Find Planets

No one is ever excited when the topic of “dust” is brought up. Usually dust is a hindrance – something you sweep away during spring-cleaning, or […]
January 8, 2015

Hello from AAS!

Happy new year, Internet! I’m starting off the year at the 225th meeting of the American Astronomical Society. It’s an annual conference where all the professional […]
January 7, 2015

The Gemini Planet Imager Produces Stunning Observations In Its First Year

Gemini Observatory Media Advisory For release at the American Astronomical Society meeting press confer-ence January 6, 2015, 10:15am (PST) Publication-quality images available at: THE GEMINI […]
November 12, 2014

One Year Anniversary, part 2

To follow up to Jason’s post, here’s a photo of our summit team today – much reduced in numbers here in person from a year ago, […]
November 12, 2014

One Year Anniversary

One year ago, GPI saw its first starlight on the night of November 11-12, 2013. In the year since that, the GPI team has been very […]
November 9, 2014

Gemini, GPI, and a new friend

The GPIES Exoplanet Survey has begun!  But that’s a different post.  For now, here are some photos of these great beautiful machines.  As we came up […]
November 9, 2014

I can spell GPI!

I don’t normally post about food, but this was too good to pass up. The food they serve at the cafeteria on the summit can sometimes […]