The repairs to the shutter drive unit on the exterior of the Gemini North dome appear to be reaching the home stretch with a plan to reinstall the repaired drive unit on Monday, February 10th and be back on the sky on February 12th. As always, this is assuming the weather allows the work to progress as planned and no further complications occur.
As the US government goes into its second week of shutdown, Gemini Observatory remains solvent with operational funds secure until at least the end of October. Beyond that timeframe we are actively pursuing, and are confident that we will identify, alternate methods to assure sufficient operational funding to continue all functions of the observatory until the government shutdown is resolved.
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
The Gemini e-newscast #48 (June 13, 2013) features:
- Gemini Observations of Comet ISON
- FLAMINGOS-2 on the Gemini South Telescope
- 2013B Proposal Review Complete
- GMOS Mask-Making Software Update
- Beta Release of Ureka IRAF + Python Distribution
- Committee Reports Posted
The Gemini e-newscast #47 (May 17, 2013) features:
- A “Shockingly Bright” Gamma-ray Burst
- A Gap in a Pre-Transitional Disk
- FLAMINGOS-2 Commissioning Update
- Welcome New Users’ Committee Members
- AstroDay Hawai‘i