Science Operations Announcements

Gemini South observing database offline briefly March 12

March 10th, 2016
The Gemini South observing database will be unavailable between 10:00am and 12:00pm on Saturday, March 12, 2016 due to network hardware maintenance. During this period program syncs, auxiliary file transfers, image downloads, ITC calculations, and guide star searches with the Observing Tool will not be available from Gemini South. The Gemini North database and services will not be affected.

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

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