14-15 November 2008
Welcome to the Pierre Auger Observatory Inauguration information page. Here you will find
links to some of the presentations, and also links to photos.
The Inauguration Celebration took place in Malargüe, Province of Mendoza, Argentina, on 14-15
November, 2008. We celebrated the completion of construction of the Southern Observatory.
The Celebration began with an informal reception on the evening of Thursday, 13 November.
A symposium on Friday, 14 November, included presentations on the project and the first science
results followed by the Inauguration Ceremony. Guided tours of the Observatory were offered on
Saturday, 15 November.
Photos of the Inauguration:
- Building the Observatory, 2008 pdf and ppt (Paul Mantsch)
- Auger Next Steps, pdf (Johannes Bluemer)
- Science Results pdf (Miguel Mostafa)
Highlights of the Program:
- Welcoming reception at the Pierre Auger Observatory campus
- Concert at the Convention Center featuring tango music
- Symposium on the history of the Observatory and a discussion of some of the significant
- The Inauguration Ceremony, featuring an address by the Vice President of Argentina and
the unveiling of a plaque on the Auger campus
- A traditional asado (Argentine festive barbecue) at the scenic
Castillos de Pincheira.
- Sky shows at the new Malargüe
- Tours of the Auger Observatory, including the surface detector array and fluorescence detector
Pierre Auger Observatory
The Pierre Auger Observatory is dedicated to the study of cosmic rays at the highest energies.
The first physics results from the Observatory have revealed new insights into the properties of the
highest-energy particles in the Universe. You will find much more information about the Observatory and the study of cosmic rays by visiting the
links to the navigation bar to the right.