The 2019A Gemini Observing Tool is now available for download. This update is required to access the Gemini Observing Databases.
Science Operations Announcements
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.
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:
The Gemini North Adaptive Optics system, Altair, is currently offline due to problems with its deformable mirror (DM) electronics. Issues with other mechanisms on the optical bench have been resolved, however, we are still working on finding the root cause of the DM electronics failure. We are making progress but still need to test a number of components. We will have more updates by the end of February. Please email your contact scientist if you have any questions or concerns about the potential impact on your program.