The First CTAO School is a Wrap

The first CTAO School came to a close last week, and the organisers, instructors and students agree that it was a resounding success! The 27 PhD students travelled from 12 different countries for the two-week workshop that took them to Italy and Spain for a deep dive into CTAO science, technology and data analysis. The … Continued

Northern Hemisphere Array Begins to Take Shape with Installation of LST-4 Dish Structure

Until recently, the prototype of the Large-Sized Telescope (LST), the LST-1, has stood alone on the CTAO’s northern hemisphere array site at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias’ (IAC’s) Roque de los Muchachos Observatory in Villa de Garafía on La Palma, Spain. But, in 2023, the CTAO LST Collaboration began laying the foundations and constructing … Continued

The CTAO Enters a New Phase of Growth

Bologna, Italy – On Thursday, 18 April, during the closing session of the CTAO Science Symposium at Teatro Duse in Bologna, the Managing Director of the CTAO, Dr. Stuart McMuldroch, officially announced the Observatory’s new phase of growth. Supported by the 30M Euro endorsement by the CTAO’s governing bodies in September 2023, this new period … Continued

Spanish Scientific Community Gathers to Discuss the Latest Progress on the CTA Project

On 20 September, nearly 60 representatives from the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) Project and the Cherenkov Telescope Array Observatory (CTAO), as well as from the broader Spanish astronomical community, participated in a conference called “CTA Spanish Day” to share and analyze the latest project news and advances from the different Spanish groups.

CTAO Releases the Layout of its Arrays for the Alpha Configuration

The CTAO released the final layouts that define the geographical position of the elements (telescopes, calibration systems and atmospheric characterization devices) that will compose the two CTAO arrays according to the approved Alpha Configuration. The particular configuration is the result of a thorough optimization process meant to maximize the scientific performance of the two CTAO arrays.

CTA Prototype LST-1 Detects Very High-Energy Emission from the Crab Pulsar

Between January and February 2020, the prototype Large-Sized Telescope (LST), the LST-1, observed the Crab Pulsar, the neutron star at the centre of the Crab Nebula. The telescope, which is being commissioned on the CTA-North site on the island of La Palma in the Canary Islands, was conducting engineering runs to verify the telescope performance and adjust operating parameters.