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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

2015B Call for Proposals Announced

Gemini is now accepting proposals for observing time in Semester 2015B. The submission deadline varies with partner. A new version of the Phase I Tool (PIT) has been released to support proposal submissions.

Large and Long Programs - Frequently Asked Questions

1. What instruments are available for LLPs?

Supermassive Black Hole Lurks at Dawn of the Universe

Updated Observing Tool released

An updated 2015A Observing Tool is now available for download and is recommended for all users. Please see the release notes for the list of bug fixes. Installation instructions are linked off of the Observing Tool web page.

Gemini North Architectural & Engineering Services RFQ

Gemini North Observatory is a five-story facility that houses an 8-meter telescope and support instrumentation, equipment, and work space. Gemini seeks professional architectural and engineering (A&E) services via a professional services agreement for upcoming projects anticipated to total several hundred hours of architectural, structural, electrical, and/or design engineering services. Gemini seeks to pursue additional projects upon successful completion of the first project, the GN Storage Mezzanine.

NIR Baseline Calibrations

A set of baseline calibrations will be taken for all Gemini queue observations in order to ensure the long-term utility of the data in the archive. This baseline calibration set varies from mode to mode, but includes all the data deemed necessary to produce scientifically useful data.

Baseline Calibrations

Baseline calibrations include:

 

  1. Biases
  2. GCAL flat field
  3. GCAL ThAr arc
  4. Flux standard star 

 

Observing Constraints

To reach the desired instrument performance GPI is constrained both in the suitable weather conditions and the elevation of the target being observed.