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Gemini Planet Imager (GPI): Cleared for Shipment to Gemini South!

In a milestone statement distributed moments ago by the GPI Pre-delivery Acceptance Review Committee, Chair Stephen Goodsell announced that GPI is now clear for shipment from the University of California Santa Cruz to Gemini South in Chile.The Committee’s final report is slated for release on July 26th, but a statement sumarizing the results of the review is available now - GPI Review Committee: Final Day Statement  41 KB


Gemini e-Newscast #29 -- March 2, 2011

Quasar feedback measured

Observing databases offline briefly April 16

The Gemini observing databases will be offline for about an hour for operating system maintanence during the morning of April 16 at each site. During this period you will not be able to sync or access file attachments with the Observing Tool (OT). OTs will reconnect with the ODBs as soon as they are back online.

Phase II Checklist

Checklist for GMOS Phase II (OT) programs

  • General
    • Have you selected appropriate templates from the GMOS OT library? Have you gone through the checklist in the Top-level Program Overview note and included relevant standardized notes? Add notes with information about the program and acquisition that will make it easier for the observer. Try to use the standardized notes provided in the OT Library.

Gemini’s New Optical Spectrograph Moves Ahead!

A key milestone for the Gemini High-resolution Optical Spectrograph (GHOS) is now complete with final approval of the post-conceptual-design contracts by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Gemini Board, and the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA).

Sakurai’s Object: Stellar Evolution in Real Time

TEXES Sensitivities and Overheads


Because TEXES is background photon noise limited and both the instrumental response and the background flux depend on wavelength, the instrument sensitivity depends strongly on wavelength and spectral resolution. Proposers are encouraged to contact TEXES team members for sensitivity estimates for observations at specific wavelengths, but can make initial estimates based on the table below.

Accepted programs and status

GPI programs selected for Early Science Observations


The table below summarizes the programs that have been approved for GPI Early Science observations.


2014A Observing Tool update released

An updated to the 2014A Observing Tool (2014A.1.2.10) has been released and is available from the downloads site. This is an optional but recommended update.  This version fixes several bugs and improves performance and stability, especially when working with large programs and multiple science program editors. Be sure to sync local changes or save programs to XML before updating. You will have to reenter authentication keys.

Electrical Accident at Gemini North Closes Road, Injury Minor

When performing electrical troubleshooting at Gemini North telescope facility on Wednesday, February 26, one of our electrical specialists accidentally contacted a powered circuit and received an electrical shock. He was evacuated and evaluated at the nearest medical facility, and he has been released and advised that he could go back to work.