Next-Generation Adaptive Optics brings details to light in stellar nursery

10 January 2013

A new image released today reveals how Gemini Observatory's most advanced adaptive optics (AO) system will help astronomers study the universe with an unprecedented level of clarity and detail by removing distortions due to the Earth’s atmosphere. The photo, featuring an area on the outskirts of the famous Orion Nebula, illustrates the instrument's significant advancements over previous-generation AO systems.

The image was obtained on the 8m Gemini South telescope in Chile using the recently commissioned GeMS AO system in combination with the Gemini South Adaptive Optics Imager - an instrument designed and built at the ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics.

For more details and images, see the Gemini press release.