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How We Explore, Gemini Observatory, Large 3D Crystal Sculpture
Crystal sculpture of the Gemini Observatory atop Mauna Kea, Big Island of Hawai'i
 
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About the Crystal Sculptures at Store Galactica.

This product is a Crystal Sculpture from the Voyage National Program, and is part of the How We Explore
Series.


A stunning crystal sculpture of the
Gemini North telescope near the top of 13,800-foot (4,200 meter) Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawai'i. Shown in exquisite detail are the open observatory dome, the telescope within, and tiny people on the summit to scale.
This art was originally commissioned by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation for inclusion in the Explorers Stanchion of the Voyage model Solar System in Kansas City, Kansas. The Explorers Stanchion is located in front of Kansas City's historic Union Station. One of the largest telescopes on Earth, we chose the Gemini North Observatory as a shining example of how we humans explore a greater universe from the surface of our home world Earth. On behalf of the human race, KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK TEAM GEMINI!

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Product Code: LRB120-HWE-GEMINI


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How We Explore
Large Crystal Sculpture 1
Product Code: LRB120-HWE-GEMINI

The Gemini Observatory
Mauna Kea, Hawai'i 


The telescope reproduced in the crystal in stunning detail is Gemini North - also called the Frederick C. Gillett Telescope - located on Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii. The Gemini Observatory actually consists of two telescopes – Gemini North, and Gemini South located on Cerro Pachón in the Chilean Andes. Together, the two telescopes can see the entire sky.

Both telescopes have a primary mirror whose diameter is 26 feet (8.1 meters). Gemini North saw first light in 1999, and Gemini South in 2000. The Gemini telescopes are two of the top twelve largest optical/infrared telescopes in the world.


Journey through the Universe in Hawaii

In 2004 the Gemini Observatory, together with the Hawaii Department of Education and the University of Hawaii, joined the Journey through the Universe program launched by the Center in 1999. Journey through the Universe across the Big Island’s North Hilo/Laupahoehoe/Waiakea Complex is now in its 6th year, and includes annual visits by dozens of scientists and engineers to over 7,000 grade K-12 students, professional development for teachers, and family and public events. The Journey program’s vision for sustainable community-wide education in the Earth and space sciences is a bold reality on the Big Island. Gemini led the way. See what’s in store for Journey in Hawaii in 2010.

 

Relevant Education Links:

This product derives from the programs of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education whose mission is to Inspire ... then Educate. Here are some educational links that are relevant to the product, and allow you to launch your own Voyage of exploration.


Powerful Essay at the Center's Blog on the Universe
> The Nature of Our Existence

Key Gemini Observatory Web Pages

> Gemini Observatory Home Page
> Gemini Observatory Image Galleries
> Gemini Observatory Public Information and Outreach
 
World Largest Optical Telescopes
> A list at Wi
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Specifications and Options:

Product Code: LRB120-HWE-GEMINI

Crystal Dimensions:

English: 4.7 (Length) x 2.3 (Depth) x 3.1 (Height) inches

Metric: 120 (Length) x 59 (Depth) x 80 (Height) millimeters

Beveled edges to prevent chipping.

Product Weight (does not include weight of packing material for shipment):
>Crystal in gift box: 3 lbs 9 oz (1.6 kg)
>Optional lighted base in gift box: 15 oz (0.4 kg)

Lighted Base: a lighted base is highly recommended for spectacular display of the art contained in the crystal. LRB120 crystal should be displayed with the optional Large Light Base, which is powered with a 120-v power cord.



Warranty: There is no warranty on the crystal.
There is a 30-day warranty on the electrical system for the lighted base. Purchaser is responsible for shipping costs for the return of a defective lighted base. Store Galactica will cover shipping of a new lighted base back to purchaser. All product is carefully inspected and carefully packaged before shipping. Damage in transit is the responsibility of the shipper. 

Customizing: you can add laser-burned custom text, and/or a web URL in the crystal for an added set up fee.


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