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Observing the Universe (Almost) From Home

On November 14th the Gemini South telescope began Base Facility Operations (BFO). The BFO project achieves the goal of complete remote operations from a fully equipped control room at the telescope’s base facility in the city with no support staff on Cerro Pachón during the night. The Base Facility Operations team worked very hard for more than […]

Telescope Shutdown at Gemini North and South

Telescope Shutdowns at Gemini North and South Both Completed Both the Gemini North and South telescopes have ended their respective shutdowns. The Gemini South telescope was scheduled from August 16 – 25, which occurred as planned. The Gemini North telescope shutdown was moved from October to August 10 – 31, which is reflected in the updated schedule. […]

Safety First, Always!

Safety First, Always! To ensure that nightly observations at the Gemini telescopes in Hawai’i and Chile run smoothly our day crews perform an extraordinary range of jobs. Sometimes that work involves potentially dangerous situations. This is why Gemini staff regularly attend mandatory safety training classes to provide the best practices and procedures. Following the success of similar […]

Progress on Base Facility Operations at Gemini South

Base Facility Operations Status Gemini South is integrating a new Base Facility Operations (BFO) system to allow nightly operations from the base facilities in La Serena. The goal of the BFO project is to provide the infrastructure to safely perform telescope operations from the base facilities (Gemini North is already operating routinely in this mode), […]

Base Facility Operations – A Success at Gemini North

Base Facility Operations – A Success at Gemini North Base Facility Operations (BFO) are now fully implemented for the Gemini North telescope and all nighttime telescope operations are routinely conducted from the Hilo Base Facility (HBF). Gemini North night crews report that observing is much more efficient with BFO. The BFO team accomplished a huge amount […]

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