Science Operations Announcements
The 2020B Gemini Observing Tool is now available for download. This update is required to access the Gemini Observing Databases.
The Gemini observing databases will be offline for several hours on Tuesday, June 2 while we perform software updates.
During this time the following services will be unavailable:
- Observing Tool synchronizations and file transfers
- Phase I Tool guide star probability queries
- Target of Opportunity triggers
The new 2020B Observing Tool will be available after the update and will be required to access the observing databases.
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.
We announce the availability of a DRAGONS v2.1.1, a bug fix release.
DRAGONS, Data Reduction for Astronomy from Gemini Observatory North and South, is Gemini's new Python-based data reduction platform. DRAGONS offers a more streamlined approach to the data reduction of Gemini data, compared to the Gemini IRAF package.
A bug fix release of DRAGONS is now available. In release 2.1.1, we have fixed bugs and typos found by the users and ourselves since the initial release. We have also added compatibility with
astropy v4. If you already have DRAGONS installed, you can update by doing
conda install dragons=2.1.1. If you need to install DRAGONS for the first time, please see the Download and Installation Instructions.
Proposals for Director’s Discretionary time for both Gemini North and South are not being accepted until at least 15 April 2020
This work has been completed on 3/18
We will be upgrading the Gemini Observatory Archive on March 18 (Wednesday morning in Hawaii). The website will be unavailable for up to a few hours during this process. This upgrade is mostly under the hood but there some improvements visible to the user: