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Title: Target of Opportunity and Time Critical Queue Observations at Gemini Observatory

Authors: Kathy Roth

Institute/Affiliation: Gemini Observatory

Abstract Type: talk

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Gemini Observatory has been primarily supporting multi-instrument queue observing for more than 5 years, with target of opportunity and time critical programs fully integrated into queue operations. We review the different categories of ToOs supported (including rapid response) and discuss the criteria used to determine their priority and nightly scheduling in the Gemini queue. These rules lend themselves naturally to automatic algorithms that can be used to interrupt on-going observations and dynamically adapt the observing queue at a remotely / robotically operated queue based observatory.