The 2019A Gemini Observing Tool is now available for download. This update is required to access the Gemini Observing Databases.
Science Operations Announcements
The cases of COVID-19 have continued to grow in the Coquimbo region, in particular in La Serena, Coquimbo and Vicuña. After careful consideration of the pandemic situation in the Coquimbo region and to safeguard the health of the observatory staff, the April 2021 GeMS/GSAOI run has been cancelled. We hope that observations later in the semester will be possible.
Gemini Observatory announces an opportunity for new Large and Long Programs (LLPs). Eligible PIs are invited to propose scientific investigations to begin in the 2021B semester. Letters of Intent (LoI) must be submitted no later than February 8, 2021, with complete proposals due April 1, 2021. Specifics on the 2021 call for proposals are available on the 2021 LLP Call page. General information on the LLP process is available on the Phase 1 LLP page.
The Gemini Cerro Pachón datacenter will be shut down on October 5 and 6, 2020 due to maintenance work on the power infrastructure. The Gemini South ODB is still accessible. The only service that is unavailable is the DSS Gemini image catalog server. If automatic image display in the OT does not seem to be working, then select another image server.
While the Gemini-S telescope has been closed during recent months, our team has been working on preparing detailed plans for re-opening, as soon as the conditions in Chile would allow.
A decision has been taken that from September 28th we can start work on preparing the Gemini-S telescope for limited night-time operation. Assuming that all the preparations will go well, we may be back to observing at night by the second half of October.