Science Operations Announcements
Proposals for Director’s Discretionary time for both Gemini North and South are not being accepted until at least 15 April 2020
This work has been completed on 3/18
We will be upgrading the Gemini Observatory Archive on March 18 (Wednesday morning in Hawaii). The website will be unavailable for up to a few hours during this process. This upgrade is mostly under the hood but there some improvements visible to the user:
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.
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.
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.