Announcements

CTA Prototype Telescope, ASTRI, Achieves First Light

Download full release: 2 MB / PDF During the nights of 25 and 26 May, the camera of the ASTRI telescope prototype (pictured to the left) recorded its first ever Cherenkov light while undergoing testing at the astronomical site of Serra La Nave (Mount Etna) in Sicily managed by INAF-Catania. This comes not long after ganzen Artikel lesen...

Wolfgang Wild Announced as CTA’s New Project Manager

We are very pleased to announce that Wolfgang Wild will join CTAO GmbH as our Project Manager. Wolfgang was the Project Manager responsible for delivering the European part of the ALMA project, which is of similar size to CTA in terms of number of contributors and funds invested. Before that he was signal chain manager ganzen Artikel lesen...

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 LST-1 Inauguration: 10 October 2018, La Palma 2018-October-05 LST Prototype 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...