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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

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RFP for Gemini Instrument Upgrades: Small Project

Gemini is seeking to upgrade its operational instruments to keep them scientifically competitive. Gemini’s development program will provide funding to upgrade existing operational instrumentation, creating new instrument capabilities at the Gemini North and/or South telescopes. The Observatory is seeking community-created, science-driven instrumentation upgrade proposals, and will consider any area that fits the set of IUSP requirements provide in the RFP.

Gemini Sodium Laser Guide Star RFQ

AURA is seeking to replace the current continuous wave (CW) mode-locked 50 Watt laser at the Gemini South facility with a more robust alternative Laser (the subject of this RFQ, hereafter called the “Laser”) providing a photon return equivalent to or greater than currently received by its 5 laser guide star Multi-Conjugate Adaptive Optics system, GeMS.

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The Deepest Ground-based Photometry in a Crowded Field

Left: (Ks, F606W-Ks) color–magnitude diagram of NGC 1851; the detail of the double SGB is shown in the inset. Right: same as the left panel with average photometric (random) uncertainties indicated. Overlaid is the fiducial line with the approximate locations of the main sequence turnoff and main sequence knee highlighted by red dots.

Gemini-South telescope back in business after earthquake

The Gemini-S telescope survived an 8.4 magnitude earthquake the previous week. Following an intense week of detailed inspections and testing of the infrastructure, the telescope, and the instruments were released for normal use. During the inspection some components were found broken or displaced, but all could be repaired and adjusted and no major damage was sustained. 

On-sky tests over the weekend showed that all is well and science observations have resumed. 

Annual Progress Report and Program Plan of the Gemini Observatory

Searching for Orphan Stars Amid Starbirth Fireworks