Auger Project Selects Colorado Site for Giant Cosmic Ray Observatory.
Although the original choice had been Millard County Utah, Colorado has been
chosen for the 50 million dollar Cosmic Ray Observatory by an international
Pictured above, Pablo Bauleo of Colorado State University answering questions
about the project, and Jan Anderson at
Springfield town meeting June 27, 2005.
The Pierre Auger Collaboration said that the observatory will
be built in Baca, Bent and Prowers counties. It will be a counterpart to the
Southern Hemisphere observatory in Argentina.
The visitors center and the headquarters for the observatory will be located on
the Lamar Community College Campus. The observatory will study the nature and
origin of cosmic rays, which were first detected in 1912.
Cosmic rays, unlike light, which travels directly from a star to us, are
charged particles, and so they are influenced by magnetic fields which
extend throughout space. The magnetic fields cause the lower energy cosmic rays
to swerve along complicated trajectories, and in most cases we canít determine
their point of origin.
Governer Owens also attended the Springfield Town Meeting June 27,
pictured left, he is presenting Mayor Jay Suhler with a proclaimation dubbing
Springfield the State Capitol for one hour.
Okay, would that make Jay Suhler the governer for one hour?