A remarkable number of the archeological sites on La Palma line up with astronomical calendar events: particularly sunrise or sunset at the solstice or equinox, and the rising and setting of the star Canopus. In 2013 I went with a group of friends to one of these sites to see the sun rise behind the highest point of the island, the Roque de Los Muchachos. It meant an early start,…
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.
Teaser: “The Island” – La Palma Time Lapse Video from Christoph Malin on Vimeo. Enjoy Christoph Malin’s wonderful time-lapse video of La Palma. He very nearly does the place justice.
Well now they’ve got 1 digger, 1 bulldozer, and 1 dumper truck levelling out the site. Now that the site is earth rather than cut bushes, it’s clearly visible from higher up. And of course it’s very noticeable from the helipad nearest to the MAGIC.
The digger’s started wotk on the foundations for the Large Size Telescope I gather the plan is to dig down 3 m, which is less than I’d thought for such a big structure. But the the MAGIC telescope is very light for its size, so perhaps the LST will be too. Cross posted to http://sheilacrosby.com