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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
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The instrument non-specific aspects of the Observing Tool (OT) are described elsewhere. Detailed information on NIRI Component of the OT and the NIRI Iterator is provided below.
The detailed component editor for NIRI is accessed in the usual manner, by selecting the NIRI component in the science program, and is shown below:
Due to a recent change in the JPL Horizons service the ephemeris lookups for non-sidereal targets in the OT and PIT are currently not working. We are currently investigating the issue and we have identified a solution. If the change to Horizons is permanent then we will release new versions of the OT and PIT within the next few days. For now Gemini staff will manually update the ephemerides for non-sidereal targets in the queue.
In response to recent changes in requirements, the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc (AURA) announces that the original RFP has been revised. Only Bidders who previously submitted proposals are eligible to submit revised bid proposals.
Revised Bid Opens: March 23rd, 2017
Revised Bids are due: March 31st, 2017 3:00 pm HST
Please see the following four updated requirements for details pertaining to Revised RFP.
Using advanced imaging techniques and the special capabilities of the Gemini Planet Imager (GPI) the light from β Pictoris has been suppressed in these images using GPI’s Y, J, H, K1 and K2 filters. The arrow indicates the location of the exoplanet β Pictoris b in all but the left image.
GMOS users may supply their own filters for queue observations. The policy for doing so and the specifcations for the filters needed are given below.
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National Gemini Offices
Gemini is operated by a partnership of the United States, Canada, Chile, Brazil, and Argentina. These Participants and the University of Hawaii, which has regular access to Gemini, each maintain a “National Gemini Office” to support their local users.
The Brazilian Gemini Office
Dr. Eder Martioli
Laboratório Nacional de Astrofísica
Rua Estados Unidos, 154
37504-364 Itajubá - MG
Phone: (+55)-35-3629-8220 (direct)
Phone: (+55)-35-3629-8110 (LNA general)
Dr. Lydia S. Cidale
Facultad de Ciencias Astronómicas y Geofisicas
Universidad Nacional de La Plata
Instituto de Astrofísica La Plata (CONICET-UNLP)
Paseo del Bosque - B1900FWA - La Plata - Buenos Aires Argentina
Tel: +54-221-4236593 (ext: 153)
The Chilean Gemini Office
Prof. Edgardo Costa
The Chilean National Gemini Office
Programa de Astronomía
Comisión Nacional de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica de Chile
Bernarda Morin 551, Providencia, Santiago
Additionally, Gemini may have “limited-term collaborators” - countries or institutions that have acquired temporary access to a subset of the telescope’s operating modes. These may or may not maintain an NGO.
Contact information for the current limited-term collaborators (if none, contact the observatory directly):
K-GMT Science Program Office
Dr. Narae Hwang
Center for Large Telescopes
Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute
776 Daedeokdae-Ro Yuseong-Gu
Daejeon 34055 Rep. of KOREA
The values in these tables are based on results from the NIRI Integration Time Calculator. They assume 70-percentile (IQ70, ~average) image quality for all categories, photometric conditions (CC50), and an airmass of less than 1.2 for the sensitivites presented here.