First Stone for the Large Size Telescope

The new plaque for the Large Size Telescope, Roque de Los Muchachos, La Palma
October 12, 2015

Friday 9th October was the first stone ceremony for the Large Size Telescope (LST). This will be the prototype for the largest units in the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA): 20 open basket, MAGIC-style telescopes, ranging from 23 m to 6 m in diameter. Lots of VIPs came. We had the Japanese ambasador and lots of politicians: the Secretary of State for Research, Development and Innovation, the President of the Canary…


Explaining Astrophysics to this year’s Transvulcania Winner.

May 9, 2015

One of the fun things about Thursday’s job was meeting Luis Alberto Hernando. Not only was he the favourite to win this year (which he did in an amazing 6:52:39), but he’s also my kind of bonkers.   (For those of you who don’t know Spanish, I’m translating myself into Spanish, and then he’s saying the same thing without the Mad Scientist accent. Very seriously.)