Science Operations Announcements

Observing databases offline Dec 3

November 29th, 2019

The Gemini observing databases will be offline for several hours on Tuesday, Dec 3 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 2020A Observing Tool will be available after the update and will be required to access the observing databases.

Suspension of Gemini North Operations Continues

July 31st, 2019

Gemini North remains closed for observations. We would at this time have been in the scheduled engineering shutdown, but the continued lack of reliable access to Maunakea has delayed the start of that work. With the approaching Hurricanes Erick and Flossie bracketing the weekend, a small crew ascended to the summit this morning (31-Jul) to leave the facility in a safe state. Once we regain reliable summit access we will commence and complete the shutdown, but to limit the loss of time in 2019B have deferred the planned primary mirror coating until 2020.