Canadian Consulting Engineer


The Gemini Project

Photos left, top to bottom. Gemini North fully open; the enclosure is the first "flushing dome," whereby ambient air can enter to create the stable thermal conditions that allow the telescope to function accurately; baffles around the three-storey ventilation "lips" prevent wind buffeting the telescope. Gemini North closed. View of telescope's eight-metre primary mirror, which is key to its superior power: "the bigger the mirror, the further back you can see in time." Dome enclosure being prefabricated at Agra Coast's Port Coquitlam yard.