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The Pierre Auger Observatory

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One of the most fascinating puzzles in particle astrophysics today is that of the origin and nature of the highest energy cosmic rays. The Pierre Auger Observatory (PAO), currently under construction in Province of Mendoza, Argentina, and with another site planned in the Northern hemisphere, is a major international effort to make precise, high statistics studies of the highest energy cosmic rays. It is the first experiment designed to work in a hybrid mode incorporating both a ground-based array of 1600 particle detectors spread over 3000 km2^2 with fluorescence telescopes placed on the boundaries of the surface array. The current status of the observatory is presented and prospects for the future discussed.Comment: To appear in the proceedings of CIPANP 200

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