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Semester 2008B Time Distribution

Semester 2008B Time Distribution


Gemini North: Time Availability and Distribution

A minimum of 86% of the time will be available for science use on Gemini North in 2008B. This amounts to 159 nights, and includes a Gemini staff allocation.  The remaining time will be used for various observatory maintenance tasks, and any unused engineering time will be returned to science.  The number of hours allocated to each partner is given in the following table.

Partner Estimated Hours Available
US 661
UK 317
Canada 202
Australia 72
Argentina 34
Brazil 16
Univ. of Hawaii (host)
157
Gemini Staff
131
Total
1590 (=159n)

Gemini South: Time Availability and Distribution

A minimum of 82% of the time will be available for science use on Gemini South in 2008B.  This amounts to 150 nights, and includes 2 nights of NICI Science Verification, 18 nights of NICI campaign science, and a Gemini staff allocation.  The remaining time will be used for various observatory maintenance tasks, and Flamingos-2 and/or MCAO commissioning activities.   Any unused engineering time will be returned to science. The number of hours allocated to each partner is given in the following table.

Partner Estimated Hours Available
US 533
UK 252
Canada 151
Australia 55
Argentina 27
Brazil 19
Chile (host) 162
Gemini Staff
101
NICI Verification and Campaign
200
Total
1500 (=150n)

Time Adjustments

To maintain overall balance amongst the partnership, the values shown above for both Gemini North and South have been adjusted from the nominal partner shares as a result of actual time charged through 2007B.  Time trades between partners are also included. The time allocations shown here were recommended by the Operations Working Group in January 2008.  The number of nights is approximated by int(hours/10). 



Last update 28 February, 2008; Sandy Leggett