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Signed the agreement to host the Northern CTA observatory at La Palma

Image: IFAE, CTA Consortium

Artistic representation of four giant telescopes.

On September 19, the Consortium Network Cherenkov telescopes (CTA) has signed a framework agreement with the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands (IAC) to install the Cherenkov observatory in the northern hemisphere in the Roque de los Muchachos on the island of La Palm.

The CTA-North observatory will be at the Roque de los Muchachos on the island of La Palma, the fifth largest island in the Canary Islands. At 2,200 m above sea level and situated on a plateau below the rim of an extinct volcanic crater. This location offers excellent conditions for astronomical observation.

Under this agreement, Spain will receive 10% of the observation time, to share between the network in the northern hemisphere and the South. Spain’s future contribution to the construction of telescopes will facilitate the access of Spanish groups additional observation time as part of the Observatory key scientific programs and time to be offered in open competition to all members of the same countries.

ICCUB researchers, which are part of the CTA Consortium, will also take advantadge of this agreement. The High Astrophysics Group of the ICCUB, led by the professor and scientific director Josep María Paredes and the aggregate professor Marc Ribó have participated in the scientific objectives definition of the project and, in collaboration with a team of ICCUB engineers, they are contributing to the design and production microelecronics for CTA cameras.

Other groups of the Institut d'Estudis Espacials de Catalunya (IEEC), to which the ICCUB is part, are also deeply involved in the CTA project (for more information, see the IEEC webpage)


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