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Cherenkov Telescope Array

(planned ground gamma-ray telescope array)

The Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) is a plan for a pair of arrays of ground-based telescopes on the Atacama Desert in Chile (99 dishes) and La Palma in the Canary Islands (19 dishes) for observation of Gamma Rays. Their aim is to spot high-energy gamma-ray photons by observing the Cherenkov Radiation they produce in the upper Atmosphere. The method is indirect, but offers a much larger collecting area than is practical with a space mission, which is what is needed for the photons of interest. The dishes are not identical, different sets covering different bands.

A prototype dish began operation in 2017.

(gamma rays,telescope,NRAO,ESO,ground,Canary Islands,Chile,plan,array,distributed)
4.2×10-21m73×1027Hz300TeVbeginCherenkov Telescope Array
62×10-18m4.9YHz20GeVendCherenkov Telescope Array

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Atacama Desert