Gemini Observatory Press Release

For Release at 10:00 a.m. EDT October 16, 2017

Gemini Observatory "pulled all of the stops" to bring a gravitational wave source into focus and capture early optical and infrared light from the merger of two neutron stars. The critical ground-based observations spanned almost a month during the summer of 2017 and allowed astronomers to dissect the first electromagnetic light emissions ever associated with a gravitational wave event.

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Interview of Gemini astronomer/observers Hwihyun Kim and Ariel Lopez who both played important roles in acquiring the Gemini gravitational wave source data.

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