Announcements

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...

The LST Prototype’s Dish is Mounted

On 4 December, The LST prototype, under construction at Roque de los Muchachos Observatory in La Palma, reached an important milestone when its 18-ton mirror dish, mostly made of reinforced carbon fiber tubes, was lifted to the lower structure successfully. After careful preparation, the dish was lifted 18 meters above the ground and secured using ganzen Artikel lesen...

La Palma Consortium Meeting Wrap-up

Written by: Jürgen Knödlseder, Chair, CTA Consortium Board During the week of 6 November, 230 CTA Consortium members gathered on the beautiful island of La Palma (Spain) for its bi-annual, in-person meeting.   Topics covered during the parallel and plenary sessions of the meeting included progress reports on the CTA prototypes, the Science Working Groups ganzen Artikel lesen...

Medium-Sized Telescope Prototype Records First Cherenkov Light with the FlashCam Camera

In September 2018, the Medium-Sized Telescope structure (MST-STR) and FlashCam teams started a joint test campaign in Berlin-Adlershof that resulted in the capture of the MST prototype’s first Cherenkov light. The integration of the camera with the telescope structure took place on 18 September. Thanks to advanced planning, the teams quickly completed the next steps ganzen Artikel lesen...

Hadrons or Leptons? That is the question!

Written by Fabrizio Tavecchio & Stefano Vercellone This Chandra image of the nearby galaxy Centaurus A provides one of the best views to date of the effects of an active supermassive black hole. Opposing jets of high-energy particles can be seen extending to the outer reaches of the galaxy. Image credit: NASA/CXC/CfA. Extragalactic (from outside ganzen Artikel lesen...

CTA Releases its Updated Science Case

Download full release: 3.3 MB / PDF En Español: 3.3 MB / PDF The latest iteration of the Cherenkov Telescope Array’s (CTA’s) science case, Science with the Cherenkov Telescope Array, was made available today via the CTA website library and arXiv and will be published as a book by World Scientific. The work includes more ganzen Artikel lesen...

CTA Prototype Telescope, the SST-1M, Catches its First Glimpse of the Sky

On Thursday, 31 August, 2017, a prototype telescope proposed for the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA), the SST-1M, recorded its first events while undergoing testing at the Institute of Nuclear Physics Polish Academy of Sciences (IFJ-PAN) in Krakow, Poland. The SST-1M is proposed as one of CTA’s Small-Sized Telescopes (SSTs), which will cover the high end ganzen Artikel lesen...

New Outreach and Education Pages Launched

The new Outreach and Education pages of the CTA website are full of the tools and materials you need to learn more about CTA. Here is a summary of what you will find:   Multimedia: Need CTA images or print materials for educational or informational purposes? We've uploaded all our latest media for you to ganzen Artikel lesen...

CTA Representatives Meet with Local Officials in La Palma to Discuss Plans for Northern Hemisphere Array

During the week of 17 July, representatives from the CTAO gGmbH and its Project Office visited the Canary Islands (Tenerife and La Palma) to meet with its hosting partner, the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC), and local authorities to establish and build relationships, and to discuss the strategy and technical plans for CTA’s northern hemisphere ganzen Artikel lesen...