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The Messenger 113
September 2003


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The last born at La Silla: REM, The Rapid Eye Mount

G. Chincarini[1,2], F. Zerbi[2], A. Antonelli[3], P. Conconi[2], G. Cutispoto[4], S. Covino[2], F. D'Alessio[3], A. De Ugarte Postigo[5], E. Molinari[2], L. Nicastro[6], G. Tosti[7], F. Vitali[3], R. Mazzoleni[2], G. Sciuto[7], M. Stefanon[2], B. Jordan[8], L. Burderi[3], S. Campana[2], J. Danziger[9], A. Di Paola[3], A. Fernandez-Soto[10], F. Fiore[3], G. Ghisellini[2], P. Goldoni[11], G.L. Israel[3], D. Lorenzetti[3], B. Mc Breen[12], N. Masetti[13], S. Messina[4], E. Meurs[8], A. Monfardini[14], E. Palazzi[13], J. Paul[11], E. Pian[9,13], M. Rodon[4], L. Stella[3], G. Tagliaferri[2], V. Testa[3], S.D. Vergani[2]


[1] Universita degli Studi di Milano Bicocca,Dipartimento di Fisica, Italy;
[2] INAF Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera, Merate,Italy;
[3] INAF Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma, Roma,Italy;
[4[ INAF Osservatorio Astronomico di Catania,Italy;
[5] CSIC-IAA Camino bajo de Huetor s/n Granata Spain;
[6] IASF CNR Palermo, Italy;
[7] Universita di Perugia, Dipartimento di Fisica, Italy;
[8] DIAS-Dunsink Observatory, Dublin, Republic of Ireland;
[9] INAF Osservatorio Astronomico di Trieste, Italy;
[10] Observatorio Astronomico - Universitat de Valencia, Spain;
[11] Service d'Astrophysique, CEA-Saclay, France;
[12] University College of Dublin, Republic of Ireland;
[13] IASF CNR Bologna, Italy;
[14] CARSO- Universita di Trieste, Italy

Abstract
Cerro La Silla in June welcomed a new small telescope on its top: The Rapid Eye Mount (REM) Italian Telescope: a telescope which has been conceived and designed to immediat ely point and observe the Gamma-Ray Bursts detected by satellites. Its immediate data gathering capability and its accurate astrometry in the optical and in the near-infrar ed will also allow an early alert and pointing of the Very Large Telescope.

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