World’s Most Powerful Digital Camera For Space Telescope Approved For Construction

Posted: Sep 2 2015, 9:43am CDT | by , Updated: Sep 2 2015, 6:38pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News

Most Powerful Digital Camera for Space Telescope Approved for Construction
Illustration by SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

A go-ahead signal was given recently for the creation of the world’s most superb digital camera.

The construction of the world’s best digital camera has officially begun. It will be a 3.2 gigapixel baby! The pics will surely astound with their high resolution crystal clarity and precision.

This will be the world’s largest camera and it will lie at the core of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope. It will capture images of the universe and unravel the mysteries of the stars in a close-up manner.

The construction of this camera is part of the Critical Decision 3 project. Now that the green light has been given for this camera, the drawing board and components are being assembled. Within a time span of seven years, the camera will start taking images of the southern empyrean heights.

This region lies over Chile. The scope and outlook is wider, deeper and faster. Thanks to this schemata, a greater number of stars and galaxies will be seen. Within a decade’s time, the telescope with the camera fitted in it will catch billions of space objects. In fact, more galaxies will be observed than there are individual human beings on the planet.

The LSST’s camera will include a filter-changing mechanism and shutter. This animation shows that mechanism at work, which allows the camera to view different wavelengths; the camera is capable of viewing light from near-ultraviolet to near-infrared (0.3-1 μm) wavelengths. (SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory)

Moving pictures of the skies will be made with this fine-tuned device and the details that will be shown are bound to be pretty neat. The camera of the telescope is about the size of a small vehicle.

It has a weight of nearly three tons. The images will be captured and it will take 1500 HD television screens to show even a single one of them. As for the dual surface primary/tertiary mirror, it happens to be the best of its kind. Construction will begin on the site soon. A large empty space will be allocated for the creation of the camera from scratch.

It will take hard work and immense diligence to make this camera. The camera will also come in handy in increasing our knowledge of dark energy. A database that will hold the image archives will be set up as well. Over 800,000 pics will get taken per nightly basis.

From the present time till next year, all hands will be busy manufacturing the camera. This effort started several years ago. The prototypes have now led to the real thing. The science of astronomy will benefit from this endeavor and it will expand our incomplete knowledge of the universe.

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