Looking through the ERGO site I came
to a form to
fill out if your interested in participating. Of course I was
- how could I not be interested in being a part of a project building the worlds largest
telescope. Tom came back to me and proposed, on the bases of what
I was doing with SETI Net and that I use a GPS based system to lock the
clocks of my observatory, that I be a part of the ERGO team to build the
next generation of pixels. That was the start.
Other Cosmic Ray Telescopes
There are several ongoing projects with observatories around
One that Wiki doesn't list is the
H.E.S.S II system that came
to First Light just recently (0:43
a.m. on 26 July 2012). H.E.S.S II is a massive machine that is
built to study very high energy particles from space using the
Pierre Auger Observatory
in Argentina is also built to observe these particles but has a much
different physical organization (an array of water tanks). Its
interesting to use Google Earth to see the location of Pierre Auger.
Fly to:-34.928516, -68.994057 to see one of the tanks
in the most God forsaken part of the
Pierre Auger Water
As you can see cosmic ray telescopes do not
conform to a pre-conceived notion of either and optical or radio
telescopes. The ERGO telescope is like that as well. It
consists of a number of small boxes (called Pixels), connected to power, a GPS
antenna, the internet and nothing else. They can live in a
closet or on a teachers desk and they require no attention or
maintenance but provide a window into the cosmic unknown.
has its own input to the ERGO project. Open the ERGO
application and spin it around to Southern
California. Check out #86...
Measuring cosmic-ray and gamma-ray air
Air Shower Strikes might look like this
Detecting and tracking cosmic rays is a huge subject and well
worth investigating. Start, as usual, with
ERGO System Block Diagram
This is my understand of the next generation of the ERGO
The pixels are dispersed around the globe, primarily in
schools where they capture incoming cosmic rays and time tag their arrival. They then send there ID and the timing information to the ERGO server.
The workstations are also
dispersed around the globe and may or may not be co-located with a pixel.
They are used to analyze the data collected from the pixels.
System Block Diagram
You can read more about the function of the system at the
ERGO web site.
"We, all of us, are what happens when a primordial mixture of hydrogen and
helium evolves for so long that it begins to ask where it came from.” (Jill