General Announcements

Electrical Accident at Gemini North Closes Road, Injury Minor

February 28th, 2014

When performing electrical troubleshooting at Gemini North telescope facility on Wednesday, February 26, one of our electrical specialists accidentally contacted a powered circuit and received an electrical shock. He was evacuated and evaluated at the nearest medical facility, and he has been released and advised that he could go back to work.

Gemini North Dome Shutter Repair Shutdown UPDATE as of 2/7/14

February 3rd, 2014

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.

US Government Shutdown and Potential Impact on the Gemini Observatory

October 9th, 2013

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. 

Update on the Gemini High-resolution Optical Spectrograph (GHOS)

August 20th, 2013
Gemini has been negotiating with the Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO) for the continued design and construction of the Gemini High-resolution Optical Spectroraph (GHOS).  The AAO has, in turn, been negotiating with KiwiStar, a subcontractor working on the GHOS spectrograph.  Late in July, the Board of KiwiStar's parent company, Callaghan Innovation, met to review and hopefully approve the final contract so GHOS could get underway.