Next-Generation Adaptive Optics Brings Remarkable Details To Light In Stellar Nursery

This animation compares the images obtained with Altair in 2007 with the new GeMS version obtained in December 2012. As the bullets (the blue dots at the end of the orange pillar) are moving at supersonic speeds, the comparison with the 2007 image illustrates this motion. In the new image, each single bullet has moved away from the star forming region located below the image's field-of-view and thanks to the high-resolution of AO correction these motions are easily detectable. Moreover, as the new GeMS/GSAOI instrument combination covers a larger field, more of these bullets can be monitored at once.


Gemini Observatory/AURA

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Release date:Jan. 8, 2013
Related releases:gemini1301
Duration:05 s
Frame rate:29.97

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Name:Gemini Multi-Conjugate Adaptive Optics System (GeMS)


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