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GPI Makes Moves

GPI is about to undergo a serious makeover.

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As a result, it has been on quite a few adventures recently. After GPI 1.0 was decommissioned in August of 2020, the team of Gemini South (the observatory where GPI has lived most of its life) along with GPI collaborators started to prepare the instrument for its big move. At the beginning of May of this year, GPI began the first leg of its journey.

 

 

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After being loaded up onto an 18-wheeler, GPI traveled all through the Chilean Andes.

 

 

On May 9th, GPI flew to Atlanta, GA – its first pitstop before arriving at its new destination, the University of Notre Dame.

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Everyone was incredibly excited to see it arrive safe and sound in Indiana.

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Now, GPI is ready for its upgrades after settling in at Notre Dame!

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The dawn of a new era in astronomy has begun as the world gets its first look at the full capabilities of the NASA/ESA/CSA #JWST. The telescope’s first full-colour images and spectroscopic data were released today and they are spectacular.

https://t.co/a0Z6LMk5wz
Beautiful observations with ALMA of a planetary cocoon around the planet PDS 70c where baby moons might be forming. It’s remarkable what can be seen with this facility on the top of the world. Congrats' to the team https://t.co/txJT2ZeeAE https://t.co/53ykFekwhq PlanetImager photo
What if there were a museum that contained every type of life form in the Universe? This @musicalscience video describes this fantastic place and gives us the opportunity to dream about them by mixing art and science. Enjoy this beautiful video! #SETI https://t.co/lvq854OXYs
For the first time, astronomers have detected a planet orbiting a white dwarf star named WD 1856+534 (25pc from us). If further confirmed, the discovery shows that some planets could survive the destruction of their sun-like stars. https://t.co/RnDBksYhGl https://t.co/eAYpYb7wA2 PlanetImager photo
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GPI 2.0

The upgrades that will result in GPI 2.0 include state of the art optical and software systems.

The schematic below shows the improvements that will be made to GPI’s technology before the new-and-improved instrument makes its way to Gemini North in Hawai’i

The upgrades to GPI 2.0 include more advanced optical elements.

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For more details on specs of GPI 2.0, click here.

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