ERGO Video – What if Kids Built the World’s Largest Telescope?

Want to learn what the entire ERGO projects is about in less than 4 minutes? Then check out our new video that gives a brief history of the project, how it works and what the long term goals are.

ERGO is enabling kids all around the world to turn the Earth into a giant telescope. By placing ‘pixels’ that detect cosmic rays in classrooms around the world, ERGO is turning the surface of the Earth into a giant, rotating telescope.

We are still looking for educators who would like to host a pixel. Grants are available. Fill out an application at

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Cerro Paranal / VLT images courtesy /

Summer ERGO Projects

The ERGO interns have a lot planned for this summer. Here are some of their exciting projects:

  • Building twenty more ERGO pixels
  • Working on several methods for wireless telemetry various field experiments
  • Balloon launch – to measure cosmic rays in high altitudes
  • Gulf-stream ocean drifting buoy
  • Rocket-launch payload for Italy
  • Deep-sea sounding experiments
  • Investigation of link between cosmic rays and lightning
  • New ways for users to be able to access ERGO data
  • Design of a totally new Gen3 lower-cost ERGO pixel with touch-panel control and data display
  • Classroom experiments with cloud chambers and electroscopes
  • Investigation of the sensitivity of ERGO pixels to variations in temperature and pressure
  • Experiments with muon-specific low-cost detectors for possible inclusion in the Gen3 ERGO pixel.

That’s keeping us all pretty busy. There’s quite a crowd of enthusiastic interns here at the Syntheon lab. Thanks to Jeff, Valentina, James, Cesar, Daniel, Win, Lucas, Simon, Steven, Sloane, Christopher, Hunter, Jordi, Kenneth, James, and Cole!