The island of La Palma chosen for final negotiations to host the Northern CTA site

On 15 and 16 July 2015, the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) Resource Board decided that the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory, on La Palma, is able to host its major scientific installation in the northern hemisphere. CTA will be a scientific infrastructure composed of two observatories, one in each hemisphere, consisting of a network of new generation Cherenkov telescopes to study very high energy gamma rays. The network will consist of 100 telescopes, about 20 of which will be installed in the northern hemisphere.

The Astronomy and Meteorology Department has taken part in the CTA project ever since its inception and has been the seat of several work meetings of this network. DAM researchers make simulations of the observations that the CTA will perform of Gamma Ray Binaries and make proposals to observe transient galàctic objects under one of the Key Observation Projects.


Thursday, 16 July, 2015