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Gemini e-Newscast #66

December 30, 2014

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Gemini Open House at AAS – Tuesday Evening

Please join us at the Gemini Open House during the American Astronomical Society Meeting in Seattle, Washington. The event will be on Tuesday, January 6, 2015, from 6:30 to 8:00 PM, in room 608 at the Seattle Convention Center. Gemini Director Markus Kissler-Patig will provide updates on the latest developments at the observatory, and we look forward to your feedback.

Also, don’t miss the Exoplanet press conference at 10:15am also on Tuesday. It will feature Marshall Perrin (STScI) highlighting exciting Gemini Planet Imager results.

Large and Long Programs for 2015

The Announcement of Opportunity for Large and Long Programs to begin in semester 2015B has been released. See the announcement for full details of eligibility and process. Key deadlines are February 2, 2015, for letters of intent, and March 31, 2015, for full proposals.

Coming Soon: Fast Turnaround Call for Proposals

The first Call for Proposals (CfP) for the new Fast Turnaround (FT) observing mode is soon to be released. Starting on January 2, 2015, most Gemini users will have the opportunity to submit proposals every month, with successful programs being observed starting approximately one month after the proposal deadline. A novel aspect of the scheme is that the scientific merit of the proposals is assessed by the principal investigators (or designated co-investigators) of other proposals that are submitted during the same cycle. The review process and the program in general are described in full on the FT web pages. The January 2 CfP will be made public on the FT web pages, with a deadline of January 31 and the first observations scheduled for March 9-11. Questions and comments are welcome, and should be sent to

Registration Open for Future and Science of Gemini Meeting

Registration and abstract submission are now open for the Future and Science of Gemini Meeting, June 14-18 in Toronto, Canada. Science contributions in all areas are welcome, and we encourage lively discussions as we consolidate plans for future instrumentation and operations. The deadline for abstract submission and early registration (at a reduced rate) is March 4, 2015.

Gemini_Python X1 Release

The Gemini_python X1 release is now available. Gemini_python was developed to support quality assessment during night-time observing. Its main components are the RecipeSystem, which automates data processing, and AstroData, a tool to access Multi-Extension FITS in a generic way.
Happy holidays to all in the Gemini family!
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