The First Telescope on a Cherenkov Telescope Array Site Makes its Debut

By October 15, 2018October 25th, 2018IFAE

On Wednesday, 10 October 2018, more than 200 guests from around the world gathered on the northern array site of the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) to celebrate the inauguration of the first prototype Large-Sized Telescope (LST). The telescope, named LST-1, is intended to become the first of four LSTs on the north site of the CTA Observatory, which is located on the existing site of the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias’ (IAC’s) Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos located in the municipality of Villa de Garafia on the island of La Palma. The plan for the site also includes 15 Medium-Sized Telescopes (MSTs).

The LST team consists of more than 200 scientists from ten countries. Among the design and management leadership is the Institute for High Energy Physics (IFAE), one of the BIST centres. Other institutes include: LAPP, Annecy, France; Max Planck Institute for Physics, Munich, Germany; INFN, Italy; ICRR, University of Tokyo, Japan; and CIEMAT, Madrid, Spain.

More information can be found on the IFAE website.