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Figure 5.

Scenes from the new 5-minute “About Gemini” video produced for the International Year of Astronomy.

Figure 6.


Cover of the International Year of Astronomy edition of “Stars Over Mauna Kea” newspaper supplement.

one was distributed through both of the island’s largest 7

Figure 7.

circulation newspapers in east and west Hawai‘i (Hawai‘i Tribune-Herald and West Hawai‘i Today, respectively). A

Screen from the web-based beta version of the Gemini virtual tour observation module. Users can participate in simulated observations using real Gemini data to produce and print a color image.

total of 43,000 copies of the 40-page supplement were printed, which is the largest production run ever for local Big Island newspapers (cover shown in Figure 6). Janice Harvey, who is responsible for managing the publication with the Hawai‘i Tribune-Herald, said, “I’m thrilled every time I see dog-eared copies of the Stars Over Hawai‘i publication in offices around town, like the one I saw in my doctor’s office the other day! It is such a joy to know that we are helping to share the wonders of our universe with our host communities.” In addition, Hawai‘i Tribune-Herald became a local IYA programming sponsor and is featuring an IYA webpage with downloads of the supplement and a calendar of upcoming IYA events and activities on Hawai’i Island. See: for more details and to download the entire publication in PDF format. 8

Figure 8.

Another set of PIO initiatives has been evolving rapidly since the last issue of GeminiFocus, and it involves

Screen from the tour of Gemini Legacy images on the Microsoft® World Wide Telescope web interface.

from each hemisphere: one astronomical; and one of each telescope, see Figure 4), and a new five-minute overview and introduction to Gemini (see Figure 5) that can be found (along with the new legacy images, and a link to the archive of the webcasts) at: Gemini also led the production of the third Stars over Mauna Kea “astronomy supplement” for Hawai‘i Island newspapers. Unlike the previous two editions, this



the innovative use of the Internet to share Gemini with the world. As this issue goes to press, a beta version of the most popular module from the Gemini Virtual Tour CD has been adapted for Web delivery. The module makes it possible for anyone connected to the World Wide Web to participate in a simulated observation with Gemini using real data and end up with a customized color photo at the end (see Figure 7). In this interactive web-based activity, visitors follow the key steps in making an observation with Gemini,

Issue 38 - June 2009