Direct Line from Siegen to the Argentinian Pampas

Physicists from the University of Siegen can now control and monitor the detectors of the Pierre Auger Observatory in Argentina — without leaving Siegen. The Observatory is the world’s largest experiment for the measurement of cosmic rays.
The clock reads seven a.m. and Dr. Eleonora Guido and Dr. Marcus Niechciol are almost done with their shift. It’s still dark outside, but the office shared by the physicists at the Emmy Noether Campus of the University of Siegen is plenty bright in the light of ten different monitors. Arranged in three stacked rows, the monitors feature charts, diagrams, and numbers. They reveal to Guido and Niechciol whether “everything’s ok” on the Argentinian pampas some 12,000 kilometers away.

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