Science Operations Announcements

GN Laser Schedule

June 20th, 2018

Engineering work on the new Gemini North Laser Guide Star system is taking longer than anticipated and it is not yet clear whether commissioning will take place in Semester 2018B. Therefore, LGS programs have not been included in the 2018B queue and National TACs looked for opportunities to convert LGS+P1 programs to IQ20+P2. If the laser is commissioned within 2018B it will be offered via Fast-Turnaround.

GS ODB back online

June 12th, 2018

The GS Observing Database is available today after the generator power was restored yesterday afternoon (commercial power is still down). The recovery of the rest of the systems is ongoing. Parts of the dome are still covered with large amounts of ice and it is expected that it will take a few days to be cleared. 

ODB offline due to winter storm

June 11th, 2018

Due to a general power outage affecting Cerro Pachon last night, all equipments on CPO are out of service, including the datacenter. Due to this the ODB is not available until further notice.
Engineering staff are working with NOAO operations to gain access to the summit and restore power as soon as possible.


Observing databases offline May 30

May 25th, 2018

The Gemini observing databases will be offline for several hours on Wednesday May 30 while we perform software updates.

During this time the following services will be unavailable:

  • Observing Tool synchronizations, file transfers, and non-sidereal target queries
  • Phase I Tool guide star probability queries

The new 2018B Observing Tool should be available on Thursday May 31 and will be required to access the observing databases.

Please check this site for further announcements.

Status of Gemini North

May 7th, 2018

A brief update on the status of Gemini North after Friday's earthquakes. The telescope, instruments, and enclosure were carefully inspected by the day-crew who were at the summit when both earthquakes hit. As of today, all systems have checked out with no reported damage, and we successfully opened and observed on-sky Friday night and over the weekend from the Hilo Base Facility.  We continue to closely monitor the on-going Kilauea volcanic activity and seismic tremors.