The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. (AURA), on behalf of Gemini Observatory is soliciting proposals to design, fabricate, assemble, test, deliver, and commission Gemini Observatory's next facility class instrument, Gen 4#3. Gen 4#3 will be a wide-band medium-resolution spectrograph designed to take advantage of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) follow up opportunities.
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.
On September 16th, 2015, La Serena was hit by a magnitude ~8.3 earthquake at 19:54 local time, with the epicenter about 150 km from La Serena. Fortunately, Gemini staff at the Cerro Pachón summit and in La Serena were all fine. Our thoughts go out to the people that lost their lives and homes due to the quake and the following tsunami that strongly impacted the coastal areas.
As part of Gemini’s comprehensive energy savings initiative, Gemini North Telescope Facility (GN) seeks to install a 94.8 kW, net-energy metered photo-voltaic power system on the GN support building located at the Hilo Base Facility in Hilo, Hawaii. The proposed PV system consists 378 modules having a DC capacity of 260 W per module (98.28 kW DC total) and 4 decentralized inverters having a rated AC capacity of 24 kW AC per inverter (94.8 kW AC total). The system shall be configured in a 480 volt 3-phase arrangement.
Gemini is pleased to announce the launch of 4 feasibility studies as a result of the GIFS RfP process. The four studies (alphabetically) are GEONIS, GMOX, MOVIES, and OCTOCAM. Below is a brief synopsis of each study:
Commercial power has been restored to Cerro Pachón, and the road will be passable for a delivery of fuel for the backup generator on Monday. Thus, we will be resuming science operations early next week.
A severe weather event in Northern Chile with intense rains, flash floods, and mudslides has interrupted Gemini South operations. There is no damage to the facility or personnel, but we now have limited power and significant damage to the access road. To protect the infrastructure, Gemini is doing a controlled shutdown of all telescope systems including instruments. The date to resume operations is uncertain, with science operations not expected to start again before the middle of next week at the earliest.