Science Operations Announcements

Announcement of Opportunity for new Large and Long Programs

December 17th, 2015
Gemini Observatory announces an opportunity for new Large and Long Programs. Eligible PIs are invited to propose scientific investigations to begin observation in the 2016B semester. Letters of Intent are due February 2, 2016, and completed proposals are due March 31, 2016.  Details and requirements are available in the Announcement of Opportunity.

New version of the Gemini IRAF package released (v1.13.1)

December 7th, 2015

A new version of the Gemini IRAF package (v1.13.1) has been released. This version is recommended to anyone processing GMOS-S data but is required to reduce GMOS-S Hamamatsu CCD data obtained after the August 2015 work on the instrument. Updated configuration files and examples are included. Please see the Processing Software page for more information.

Observing databases offline Dec 2

December 1st, 2015

The Gemini observing databases will be offline for several hours on Wednesday December 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

Cancelation of the November GeMS run

November 24th, 2015

The GeMS / GSAOI laser run that was planned to take place this week had to be canceled. Unfortunately the laser and the Canopus Real Time Control system were not operational and in spite of intense efforts to resolve these problems in time for the laser window there was just not sufficient time to get the system in an operational state. We will continue to work towards ensuring that the upcoming January GeMS / GSAOI run will be a success.

Gemini-S shutdown work completed

November 2nd, 2015

The Gemini-S telescope is now back into operation following the planned maintenance shutdown.

Main events during this year’s shutdown was the re-coating of the primary mirror, and the investigation into the problems with the GMOS-S CCDs, in particular the intermittent charge spreading that has plagued CCD1. Both these main events, and many other activities were executed successfully and within the planned time.

Gemini-South telescope back in business after earthquake

September 28th, 2015

The Gemini-S telescope survived an 8.4 magnitude earthquake the previous week. Following an intense week of detailed inspections and testing of the infrastructure, the telescope, and the instruments were released for normal use. During the inspection some components were found broken or displaced, but all could be repaired and adjusted and no major damage was sustained. 

On-sky tests over the weekend showed that all is well and science observations have resumed. 

We are all much looking forward to delivering top-quality science data to our user community again.