Science Operations Announcements

Gemini South observing database offline - Phase 2 deadline extended

July 13th, 2015

A power cut due to a snowstorm on Cerro Pachon on July 12, 2015 has caused most of the computer infrastructure, including the observing database (ODB), at Gemini South to be shut down.  The system will be restored as soon as a crew can reach the summit, but the road is currently impassable. Therefore, until further notice all Gemini South ODB services including program sync, guide star and image catalog queries, ITC calculations, key requests, and file attachment access will be unavailable. 

Observing databases offline June 2

May 29th, 2015

The Gemini observing databases will be offline for several hours on Tuesday June 2 while we perform quarterly software updates.

During this time the following services will be unavailable:

  • Observing Tool synchronizations, file transfers, and non-sidereal target queries
  • CADC program key validation
  • Phase I Tool guide star probability queries

Gemini South observing database offline

March 28th, 2015

The Gemini South observing database will be offline starting on either March 27 or 28 due to the shutdown resulting from the recent Chilean rainstorms. It is currently not known when the database will be back online. Please check the Gemini web site for further announcements. While the database is offline Gemini South users will not be able to sync programs or transfer files with the Observing Tool. Also, the Gemini South DSS image server will not be available.