Science Operations Announcements
GMOS-S came off the telescope on July 18, and after preliminary masurements on the CP instrument lab, the work for the collimator service started this week with the removal of the masks frame and its supporting structure, in order to free the way for the collimator removal.
The Gemini South observing database and related services (e.g. image and guide star searches) are currently offline due to a network equipment failure in La Serena. Repair work is ongoing and service will be restored as soon as possible.
Update: The network connection was restored at around 13:00 local time.
Engineering work on the new Gemini North Laser Guide Star system is taking longer than anticipated and it is not yet clear whether commissioning will take place in Semester 2018B. Therefore, LGS programs have not been included in the 2018B queue and National TACs looked for opportunities to convert LGS+P1 programs to IQ20+P2. If the laser is commissioned within 2018B it will be offered via Fast-Turnaround.
GS telescope will be open tonight. Snow and ice removal from the dome continued today, with the help of improving weather conditions. GMOS-S is the only available instrument in the queue for now, GPI and F2 recovery is ongoing.
The GS Observing Database is available today after the generator power was restored yesterday afternoon (commercial power is still down). The recovery of the rest of the systems is ongoing. Parts of the dome are still covered with large amounts of ice and it is expected that it will take a few days to be cleared.
Due to a general power outage affecting Cerro Pachon last night, all equipments on CPO are out of service, including the datacenter. Due to this the ODB is not available until further notice.
Engineering staff are working with NOAO operations to gain access to the summit and restore power as soon as possible.
Due to recent internet connectivity issues impacting Gemini external webservers, we have extended the Fast Turnaround proposal deadline this month to June 2 23:59 Hawaiian Standard Time
Gemini is currently experiencing internet connectivity issues. For external parties, side effects of this networking issue have been the inability to connect with various Gemini web-based services including our public website and web services. We continue to investigate and troubleshoot the issue.