Science Operations Announcements

Observing databases offline June 8

June 7th, 2021

The Gemini observing databases will be offline for several hours on Tuesday, June 8 while we perform software updates.

During this time the following services will be unavailable:

  • Observing Tool synchronizations and file transfers
  • Phase I Tool guide star probability queries
  • Target of Opportunity triggers

The new 2021B Observing Tool will be available after the update and will be required to access the observing databases.

April 2021 GeMS/GSAOI run cancelled

March 16th, 2021

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.

2021 LLP Call for Proposals

December 9th, 2020

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.

CPO Datacenter Shutdown Oct 5-6, 2020

October 5th, 2020

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.