The US Department of Energy's National Accelerator Laboratory took the first test shots to test the new camera and set an all-time record. The fact is that the resulting frame has a fantastic resolution of 3200 megapixels. For example, if you take a photo of the earth's surface from the air with this camera, an object the size of a golf ball can be seen from a distance of 24 km.
The camera is part of the Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST) project, dedicated to the exploration of the depths of space. It will be installed on the newest telescope at the observatory. Vera Rubin, which is being built in Chile. The objectives of the project are ambitious: with the help of this camera, astronomers will be able to capture light that is 100, 000, 000 times dimmer than the limit of visibility of the naked eye. A quiet reflection of the most distant corners of the Universe.
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The camera is based on 189 16-megapixel sensors, assembled together to create a single focal plane 61 cm wide.It is so large that it can photograph a part of the sky, where 40 objects as large as the Moon, as seen from Earth, can fit simultaneously. The camera operates when cooled in a cryostat to -101, 1 ° C, and special software is used to analyze the images. It's problematic to show the resulting picture just like that, it would take 378 typical 4K monitors.
Now that the test photo shoot has been successful, the team is eagerly getting down to assembling the entire camera. It includes a set of lenses, various filters, a shutter - together they will be a device the size of an SUV. Final tests will be carried out in mid-2021, then the camera will go to the Chilean desert.