Science Operations Announcements

Altair unavailable

February 13th, 2020

The Gemini North Adaptive Optics system, Altair, is currently offline due to problems with its deformable mirror (DM) electronics. Issues with other mechanisms on the optical bench have been resolved, however, we are still working on finding the root cause of the DM electronics failure. We are making progress but still need to test a number of components. We will have more updates by the end of February. Please email your contact scientist if you have any questions or concerns about the potential impact on your program.

Altair unavailable

January 30th, 2020

The Gemini North Adaptive Optics system, Altair, is currently offline due to problems with its deformable mirror electronics as well as few other mechanisms on the optical bench. We are working on resolving the issues as quickly as possible, but it is likely that Altair will be unavailable for at least another couple of weeks. Please email your contact scientist if you have any questions or concerns about the potential impact on your program.

Announcement of Opportunity for new Large and Long Programs

December 16th, 2019

Gemini Observatory announces an opportunity for New Large and Long Programs.  Eligible PIs are invited to propose scientific investigations to begin observation in 2020B semester. Letters of Intent are required to be submitted no later than February 4, 2020 with complete proposals due April 1, 2020.  Details on large programs, the proposal process, and specifics on the 2020 call for proposals are available on the Large and Long Program webpages

Observing databases offline Dec 3

November 29th, 2019

The Gemini observing databases will be offline for several hours on Tuesday, Dec 3 while we perform software updates.

During this time the following services will be unavailable:

  • Observing Tool synchronizations and file transfers
  • Phase I Tool guide star probability queries
  • Target of Opportunity triggers

The new 2020A Observing Tool will be available after the update and will be required to access the observing databases.

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