NRAO Colloquium

Date: Fri. 13 Mar, 2015 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Duration: 1 Hour
Location: NRAO

Dr. Markus Kissler-Patig is the guest speaker for the NRAO/NM colloquium. Kissler-Patig is the director of the Gemini Observatory, which consists of two 8.19-meter telescopes in Hawaii and Chile. His talk is titled "Gemini Observatory – How a Massive Budget Cut Led To Innovative Ideas." Gemini operates two publicly accessible, optical/infrared 8m-class telescopes. Both are equipped with state-of-the-art instruments and adaptive optics systems. Following a restructuring of the international Gemini partnership at the end of 2012, the observatory budget was cut by 25 percent, forcing Gemini into a major change. Kissler-Patig will review the painful yet positive sides of this change and present the innovative ideas that the observatory came up with as a consequence – both in instrumentation and in operations (and some borrowed from radio astronomers). One outcome is that researchers can now apply monthly for telescope time and get their data in four to six weeks. 11 a.m. in the auditorium of the Domenici Science Operations Center (NRAO).

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