Science Announcements


Observatories at Cerro Tololo and Cerro Pachon in Chile closed due to snow

21 July 2022

Access to both Cerro Tololo and Cerro Pachón in Chile was suspended this past week due to an unusually powerful Chilean winter snow storm.

Black Holes at All Scales — Giant Magellan Telescope Community Science Meeting

21 July 2022

Registration is open for Black Holes at All Scales! This will be the 8th annual Community Science Meeting hosted by the Giant Magellan Telescope project.

Announcing LSST@Europe4

21 July 2022

The LSST@Europe4 conference will take place in Rome at the historic Accademia dei Lincei on 24-29 October 2022 and will be conducted in hybrid mode to enable access to remote participants.

SOAR Wavefront-Sensing Guider First Light

21 July 2022

The SOAR guiders are a critical subsystem for the telescope and its instruments, since they control both the telescope mount and the tip-tilt tertiary, ensuring optimal image quality.

The Contreras Fire at Kitt Peak National Observatory

21 July 2022

It has been a challenging period for NOIRLab. On Saturday, 11 June 2022, we became aware that the Contreras Fire had started south of the Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO).

Gemini Fast Turnaround July 2022

15 July 2022

Gemini North and South are accepting proposals for the Fast Turnaround (FT) program. The upcoming deadline is 12:00 (noon) Hawai‘i Standard Time on 31 July 2022. Please note the change in deadline time compared to earlier FT cycles.

DRAGONS v3.0.3: GMOS-S Amp 5

15 July 2022

DRAGONS v3.0.3 is now available. This is a patch release that offers automated handling of GMOS-S amplifier #5, which experienced issues in January. The patch also includes a few other bug fixes.

GNIRS Integral Field Spectroscopy

15 July 2022

The Low-Resolution (natural seeing) integral field unit (LR-IFU) for GNIRS arrived and was installed into the instrument in early June. The first terrestrial spectrum