Science Operations Announcements

Virtual machine image for running IRAF under recent MacOS releases

May 19th, 2021

A CentOS 7 virtual machine image (OVA file) is now available to facilitate running Astroconda IRAF under MacOS 10.15+, which no longer supports running the necessary 32-bit binaries natively. This comes with Anaconda 2019.10, Gemini IRAF 1.14, DRAGONS 2.1.0 and other packages from Astroconda pre-installed. Users of MacOS 10.14 affected by the Tk bug that causes a desktop session logout when displaying graphics may also want to install this guest distribution as a workaround.

April 2021 GeMS/GSAOI run cancelled

March 16th, 2021

The cases of COVID-19 have continued to grow in the Coquimbo region, in particular in La Serena, Coquimbo and Vicuña. After careful consideration of the pandemic situation in the Coquimbo region and to safeguard the health of the observatory staff, the April 2021 GeMS/GSAOI run has been cancelled. We hope that observations later in the semester will be possible.

2021 LLP Call for Proposals

December 9th, 2020

Gemini Observatory announces an opportunity for new Large and Long Programs (LLPs). Eligible PIs are invited to propose scientific investigations to begin in the 2021B semester. Letters of Intent (LoI) must be submitted no later than February 8, 2021, with complete proposals due April 1, 2021. Specifics on the 2021 call for proposals are available on the 2021 LLP Call page. General information on the LLP process is available on the Phase 1 LLP page.

CPO Datacenter Shutdown Oct 5-6, 2020

October 5th, 2020

The Gemini Cerro Pachón datacenter will be shut down on October 5 and 6, 2020 due to maintenance work on the power infrastructure. The Gemini South ODB is still accessible. The only service that is unavailable is the DSS Gemini image catalog server.  If automatic image display in the OT does not seem to be working, then select another image server.

Gemini South prepares to resume science operations

September 17th, 2020

While the Gemini-S telescope has been closed during recent months, our team has been working on preparing detailed plans for re-opening, as soon as the conditions in Chile would allow.

A decision has been taken that from September 28th we can start work on preparing the Gemini-S telescope for limited night-time operation. Assuming that all the preparations will go well, we may be back to observing at night by the second half of October.