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Gemini Planet Imager (GPI): Cleared for Shipment to Gemini South!

In a milestone statement distributed moments ago by the GPI Pre-delivery Acceptance Review Committee, Chair Stephen Goodsell announced that GPI is now clear for shipment from the University of California Santa Cruz to Gemini South in Chile.The Committee’s final report is slated for release on July 26th, but a statement sumarizing the results of the review is available now - GPI Review Committee: Final Day Statement  41 KB


Gemini e-Newscast #29 -- March 2, 2011

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Observation Preparation with GPI

This section contains instructions for configuring GPI at phase II. It is organised as follows:

GPI Phase II Checks


The purpose of these page is to give quick guidelines to both Contact Scientists, NGO's and PI's to make sure that the defined observations in the OT are correctly defined. 


The Phase II check point of view GPI consists of 4 components as these are driving the Phase II checking.


Calibration (GCAL)

A Gemini Facility Calibration Unit (GCAL) is available on each Gemini telescope, providing continuum and line emission light sources for wavelength and flat-field calibrations. Each GCAL is located permanently on one port of the instrument support structure and light is directed into an instrument by the science fold mirror. The GCAL optics simulate the f/16 telescope beam, illuminating the instrument pupil in the same way as light from an astronomical source.

GMOS Data Format and Reduction

This section describes both the data format for all Gemini instruments, including GMOS, and the Gemini IRAF Package, which supports imaging, as well as long-slit, multi-object, and IFU spectroscopic data from both GMOS-N and GMOS-S.

Gemini Instrument Feasibility Study

Gemini is pleased to announce the launch of 4 feasibility studies as a result of the GIFS RfP process. The four studies (alphabetically) are GEONIS, GMOX, MOVIES, and OCTOCAM. Below is a brief synopsis of each study:

Gemini IRAF 1.13 available in recent Ureka 1.5.1 release

Version 1.13 of the Gemini IRAF package is now available in the latest version of Ureka, 1.5.1, released last month (

Star Pair’s Dusty Disk Shines Light on Planet Formation

Left: J-band polarized intensity (P⊥) images. Right: P⊥ scaled by r2, where r is the distance in pixels from the central binary, corrected for projection effects. Both images are shown on a linear scale and oriented north up and east left. The coronagraph is represented by the black filled circles.