Science Operations Announcements
Gemini is happy to announce that Gemini South went back on sky the night of Jan 24, after the 6.7 magnitude earthquake that struck the Southern operations area on Jan 19.
Gemini South Engineering Operations successfully adjusted the hydraulic bearing system, recovered the elevation encoder and delivered the telescope to resume operations.
The telescope behaved normally and science observations resumed even though the weather did not coopoerate with great conditions.
The Gemini South day crew is working tirelessly to get the telescope back on sky, after the intense 6.7-magnitude earthquake that struck the area of La Serena, Chile on Saturday night, January 19th.
Most major systems have checked out, and the hydraulic bearing system is currently being assessed with a goal of being back on sky by the end of this week.
Saturday there was a 6.7 magnitude earthquake 15km from Coquimbo, Chile. Observing at Gemini South is cancelled until further notice. Initial inspection of the Gemini South telescope shows no critical issues and staff are going through checks to ensure all is working correctly before releasing for operations again. Any needed repair work will begin on Monday.
This work has been postponed. The Gemini North observing database should be accessible to all users.
The Gemini North observing database will be offline on Wednesday January 9 from approximately 10am - 2pm HST for hardware maintenance.
During this time the following services will be unavailable:
- Phase I Tool guide star probability queries
- Observing Tool synchronizations and file transfers (Gemini North programs only)
- Observing Tool non-sidereal target queries (Gemini North programs only)
The US Government is facing a potential shutdown on December 21st. Gemini is well-prepared for this possibility despite our primary funding from the National Science Foundation. Regardless of the outcome, Gemini Observatory will operate as normal.
GMMPS 1.5.1 was released on December 19, 2018 with bug fixes and installation improvements. Mask designs are compatible with v1.4.5. Changes since v1.4.5 are: