They’re certainly making progress on the new Visitor’s Centre for the observatory, although it’s not due to be finished for another 18 months.
And now we have the concrete for the azimuth ring poured, and things being installed on top of it. They’ve also done over half of the retaining wall.
Today I had a group in the GTC. As I left, I could see people working at the LST site, but I couldn’t see what they were doing. It turns out that the LST has the beginnings of a pier – the central support for the telescope.
After 30 years, the Observatory at the Roque de Los Muchachos is finally going to have a visitor centre. I believe that the plans were finalised in 2008, and then put on hold because of the banking crisis. On Thursday, the first stone was laid, and it should be open in two years. Thursday was also the day of the Starmus round table debate inside the dome of Gran Telescopio…