July 28, 2012 | 06:44
The largest gamma-ray telescope ever built started operation in Namibia on July 26.
The largest Cherenkov telescope, the telescope through which gamma-rays can be seen, has 28-meter-sized mirror.
with the four smaller (12 meter) telescopes, the H.E.S.S. ("High Energy
Stereoscopic System") observatory will allow deeper understanding of
known high-energy cosmic sources, Phys.Org website reports.
telescope structure and its drive system were designed by engineers in
Germany and South Africa, and produced in Namibia and Germany. The 875
hexagonal mirror facets which make up the huge reflector were
manufactured in Armenia, and individually characterized in Germany.