Announcements

Pre-Registration Opens for CTA’s First Science Symposium

  The Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) announced the dates and location for its first science symposium. The symposium, which will be held 6-9 May 2019 at Teatro Duse in Bologna, Italy,  will focus on the novel investigations CTA will bring to the field and its synergies with other wavebands and messengers. It will also cover ganzen Artikel lesen...

CTA Promoted to Landmark Status on the 2018 ESFRI Roadmap

In early July, the European Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) made the decision to promote the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) from the Project status to Landmark status on its 2018 ESFRI Roadmap. CTA was one of eight projects promoted to the current list of 37 Landmarks.   CTA was first included on the roadmap in ganzen Artikel lesen...

LST Prototype Nears Completion with Camera Support Structure Installation

During 21 and 22 June, the LST1 prototype, which is under construction at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory on La Palma in Villa de Garafia, hit another structural milestone when its camera support structure (CSS) was installed. With the addition of the CSS – the parabolic arc holding the camera on the mirror dish ganzen Artikel lesen...

CTA Consortium Holds its Bi-annual Meeting in Orsay, France

Written by: Jürgen Knödlseder, Chair, CTA Consortium   During the week of 14 May, the CTA Consortium held its bi-annual meeting in France on the campus of Orsay, south of Paris. More than 260 scientists and engineers attended the gathering, joining ten different parallel sessions and a plenary session over the course of the week. ganzen Artikel lesen...

What the Propagation of Energetic Light can Tell us about the Evolution of Stars, Intergalactic Magnetic Fields and Fundamental Physics

Written by: Jonathan Biteau and Manuel Meyer Photons at energies beyond a billion times that of X-rays cannot reach us from the outer edges of the observable Universe. Only a fraction of these very-high-energy gamma rays reach our atmosphere to produce firework-like visual displays called air showers. While our eyes can’t see these rapid air ganzen Artikel lesen...

Schwarzschild-Couder Telescope Prototype Primary Mirror Installation Complete

The prototype Schwarzschild-Couder Telescope (pSCT), under construction at the Whipple Observatory in Arizona, completed its primary mirror installation on 26 April 2018 (watch the construction on the live webcam). The primary mirror consists of 48 mirror panel modules each including ~1m2 aspheric mirror integrated with six actuators and four/five edge sensors for mirror positioning and ganzen Artikel lesen...

Lead Systems Engineer, Wolfgang Ansorge, to Join Project

We are very pleased to announce that Wolfgang Ansorge will soon join the CTAO project office team as the Lead Systems Engineer. Wolfgang has long-standing experience in systems engineering and quality assurance in both industrial and scientific projects. In the 1990s, he was leading the systems engineering and product assurance activities at ESO for the ganzen Artikel lesen...

Federico Ferrini Begins Tenure as CTA Managing Director

Download full release: PDF / 300 KB © Cyril Frésillon / CNRS Photothèque On 1 March 2018, Prof. Federico Ferrini became CTA’s new Managing Director, succeeding Prof. Ueli Straumann who has served since 2016.   Beyond his deep experience in the field of astrophysics, Ferrini brings extensive knowledge in the management of large international scientific ganzen Artikel lesen...

LST Prototype Sheds Icy Shell Before Structure Completion

Things got a bit icy at the Roque de los Muchachos earlier this month! During the second week of February, a bad cold weather front with strong winds, low temperatures and rain hit the island of La Palma. Once the storm passed and the clouds cleared, spectacular ice formations were left behind. The Large-Sized Telescope ganzen Artikel lesen...

CTA in the Era of Multi-Messenger Astrophysics

Written by: Fabian Schüssler After years of preparation, a fundamentally new domain of astronomy and astrophysics has shown its first results: multi-messenger astrophysics. Throughout the past decade, several new astrophysical messengers have provided us with new insights into the most violent phenomena in the Universe: starting with high-energy gamma rays, the detection of an astrophysical ganzen Artikel lesen...