World’s largest gamma ray telescope to be built in Canary Islands

The Spanish island of La Palma in the Canary Islands has been picked as the location of the world’s largest gamma ray telescope and a huge new open observatory.

La Palma, Canary Islands.

La Palma, Canary Islands. Image by Herry Lawford / CC BY 2.0

The telescope is part of an international project called the Cherenkov Telescope Array that hopes to map the skies using gamma rays, which are 10 times more accurate than the instruments being used at present. The project involves 14 countries from Europe, Asia and Africa. The Canary Islands telescope will focus on phenomena beyond the Milky Way; a second telescope will be built in Chile. Read more:

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