Announcements

Science Coordinator and Deputy Coordinator Election Results

On 17 May 2016, the Consortium Board elected Dr Stefano Vercellone (Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica) to the Science Coordinator position and Prof. Stefan Funk (Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg) as the Deputy Science Coordinator at the CTA Consortium Meeting in Kashiwanoha, Japan. In these positions they will jointly coordinate the science activities in the CTA Consortium and ganzen Artikel lesen...

Chile Site Instruments Continue to Multiply

The number of site characterization instruments on the Armazones 2K site in Chile has grown significantly over the past few months as the start of construction draws closer.   A 10-metre tower, the first tower installed on site in early 2014, hosts a weather station that measures temperature, humidity, pressure and wind characteristics. It also ganzen Artikel lesen...

February 2016 Construction Update

The build-up to construction continues in 2016 with first telescopes on site expected in early 2017. In the mean time, we'll be finalizing site negotiations, our finances and preparing the sites for construction. The graphic above illustrates the three major project phases, our progress along the pre-construction phase timeline and tentative future schedule. See the ganzen Artikel lesen...

CTA Telescope Prototype, the Gamma-Ray Cherenkov Telescope, Inaugurated on 1 December

On 1 December 2015, l’Observatoire de Paris hosted the inauguration of the Gamma-ray Cherenkov Telescope (GCT) prototype. The GCT will detect very high-energy gamma rays for the world’s largest gamma ray observatory, the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA).   The event was held at the Observatory’s Meudon site with speeches and presentations by representatives from l’Observatoire ganzen Artikel lesen...

CTA Prototype Telescope Achieves First Light

Download full release: 1 MB / PDF On 26 November 2015, a prototype telescope proposed for the Cherenkov Telescope Array, the Gamma-ray Cherenkov Telescope (GCTFigure1), recorded CTA’s first ever Cherenkov light while undergoing testing at l’Observatoire de Paris in Meudon, France. The GCT is proposed as one of CTA’s Small-Size Telescopes (SSTs), covering the high ganzen Artikel lesen...

DESY Hosts Thai Royalty at DESY-NARIT Cooperation Agreement Signing

On 18 November 2015, Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand attended the signature ceremony of the DESY-NARIT (National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand) Cooperation Agreement on Astroparticle Physics at DESY Hamburg. A new Consortium member, NARIT intends to collaborate with CTA on mirror re-coating and array control, as well as provide 1-1.2 ganzen Artikel lesen...

Large-Size Telescope Prototype Lays ‘First Stone’

On Friday, 9 October 2015, the first stone-laying ceremony for the Large Size Telescope (LST) prototype took place at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory (ORM) on the island of La Palma. To commemorate the event, Fernando Clavijo, President of the Autonomous Regional Government of the Canary Islands, unveiled a plaque with the design and ganzen Artikel lesen...

Paranal and La Palma Sites Chosen for Final Negotiations to Host World’s Largest Array of Gamma-Ray Telescopes

Download full release: 2 MB / PDF On 15 and 16 July 2015, the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) Resource Board decided to enter into detailed contract negotiations for hosting CTA on the European Southern Observatory (ESO) Paranal grounds in Chile and at the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC), Roque de los Muchachos Observatory in ganzen Artikel lesen...

Start of Negotiations for CTA North

Download full release: 2 MB / PDF On 26 March 2015, the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) Resource Board, composed of representatives of ministries and funding agencies, met in Heidelberg to determine with whom to begin site negotiations for the location of the telescope array in the northern hemisphere. Five candidate sites were considered: two sites ganzen Artikel lesen...

Site Negotiations for Cherenkov Telescope Array Started

Download full release: 2 MB / PDF On 10 April 2014, the 12 country delegates mandated by their governments to decide about the start of site negotiations for CTA met in Munich. They took note of the report of the international Site Selection Committee (SSC) and thanked the members of the SSC as well as ganzen Artikel lesen...