Science Operations Announcements
Gemini North welcomes poor weather proposals . Note that reliable guiding with the peripheral wave-front sensor (P2) at the optimum frequency requires a star brighter than R~13.5 in clear, dark skies, so in cloudy conditions we can observe only programs with R<11.5 guide-stars. For the GMOS OIWFS the same limit applies. For GMOS-N, only imaging or R400 and B600 spectroscopic programs will be considered.
A new version of the Gemini IRAF package (v1.14) has been released. This release provides support for the new GMOS-N Hamamatsu CCDs. This release is also the first new release done through the AstroConda distribution. For Ureka users, a tarball is available for manual installation of the package.
A new software package for GSAOI images, the Distortion Correction and Stacking Utility (Disco-Stu), is now available for download. This standalone package, written in python, will align and stack images that have already been processed by the Gemini IRAF gareduce task. The initial release is v1.3. Additional information and a download link can be found here.
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.
The Gemini 2016A observing programs have now been announced. Notification emails to successful PIs were sent December 15, 2015. Please check the schedules page for more information. Note: There have been reports of the notification emails being flagged as spam for some users. Please consider adding gemini.edu to your spam whitelist.