Announcements

In Memory of Prof. Giovanni Bignami (1944-2017)

Photo Credit: Festival della Scienza It is with deep regret that we acknowledge the passing of our dear colleague and friend, Prof. Giovanni (Nanni) Bignami on 24 May 2017. Prof. Bignami performed pioneering work in astrophysics, in particular in X-ray astronomy and gamma-ray astronomy, where he was deeply involved in many key projects including the ganzen Artikel lesen...

In the Right Direction: The GCT Team Begins Observations in Paris

In November 2015, a CTA telescope prototype, the Gamma-ray Cherenkov Telescope (GCT), recorded CTA’s first ever Cherenkov light while undergoing testing at l’Observatoire de Paris in Meudon, France (read the press release). Since then, the telescope’s camera has been undergoing vigorous laboratory testing to prepare it for its installation on pre-production telescopes.   In March ganzen Artikel lesen...

Surveying the Large Magellanic Cloud

If you gaze up at a dark night sky, you can easily see the Milky Way, the barred-spiral galaxy hosting our solar system. If you are in the southern hemisphere, you can even spot one of our closest neighbor galaxies, the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC). The LMC may be much smaller than the Milky Way, ganzen Artikel lesen...

Sub-Consortium Forms to Build First Pre-Production MST for CTA

Representatives of CTA Consortium institutes from France, Germany and Spain met in Saclay (France) in December 2016 to lay the foundations for an international sub-consortium that aims to deliver to CTAO one fully-equipped and functional Medium-Sized Telescope (MST) with a NectarCAM camera for the pre-production phase of CTA. The sub-consortium, named MSTN, proposes to install ganzen Artikel lesen...

Site Infrastructure Work Commences

In the northern hemisphere...   The CTA northern hemisphere array site in La Palma has been full of activity recently as site infrastructure design studies commence and the Large-Sized Telescope (LST) prototype prepares for the next stage of assembly. Below, a draft schematic of the site layout for the four LSTs (plans for 15 Medium-Sized ganzen Artikel lesen...

CTA’s Galactic Plane Survey Will Provide Unprecedented View of Our Galaxy

Written by Jürgen Knödlseder, CTA Consortium Board Chair   Astronomical surveys of our Milky Way present a fundamental means to discover and understand the objects that populate our local neighbourhood in the Universe. Surveys of the Milky Way have been conducted at nearly all wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum, revealing the stars and the matter ganzen Artikel lesen...

Get a New Perspective of CTA on Our Flickr Page

Check out CTA's new Flickr page at https://www.flickr.com/photos/cta_observatory/     The site includes photos from recent events, CTA technology, array sites and renderings and much more. The images and photography are for public use with appropriate credit. Visit the site for more information. Related Articles Pre-Registration Opens for CTA’s First Science Symposium 2018-August-14 CTA Promoted ganzen Artikel lesen...

CTA Prototype Telescope, ASTRI, Demonstrates Viability of Novel Schwarzschild-Couder Design

Download full release: 2 MB / PDF In October 2016, the ASTRI telescope prototype (pictured below), a novel dual-mirror Schwarzschild-Couder telescope design proposed for the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA), passed its biggest test yet by demonstrating a constant point-spread function of a few arc minutes over a large field of view of 10 degrees.   ganzen Artikel lesen...

CTA Consortium Meeting Comes to a Close in Bologna

During the week of 24 October 2016, nearly 250 CTA Consortium members from 25 of its 32 member countries from around the world came together in Bologna, Italy to discuss the science and construction of CTA. The CTA Consortium includes 1,350 members from 210 institutes in 32 countries. This group of institutions is currently responsible for directing the ganzen Artikel lesen...

Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias and CTA Observatory Sign Agreement on Hosting CTA’s Northern Hemisphere Array

Download full release: 2 MB / PDF On 19 September 2016, the Council of the Cherenkov Telescope Array Observatory (CTAO) concluded negotiations with the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC) to host CTA’s northern hemisphere array at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory in La Palma, Spain.   To provide access to the whole sky, ganzen Artikel lesen...