Researchers at Menlo Park have successfully tested their digital camera capable of taking gigantic 3,200-megapixel photos. Credit: Jacqueline Orrell / SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
Images are made possible by 189 individual sensors spread over a 60 centimeter wide focal plane that eclipses the sensors usual 1.4 inches wide of a standard camera. Each of the sensors can take 16 megapixel images .
The camera will be installed at the Vera Observatory Rubin in Chile. This device of 3.2 gigapixels will perhaps allow some mysteries of the universe in the field of astronomy. To realize the size of such an image, it would take 378 4K televisions to display one at the correct scale , according to SLAC.
With its 3,200 megapixels, it could spot a golf ball at a distance from24 km . Its field of view is wide enough to capture 40 moons at a time. It will be able to spot objects 100 million times smaller than those visible to the naked eye . NASA regularly publishes magnificent images of galaxies, stars or supernovae. She recently unveiled an image of a" cosmic butterfly thousands of light-years away . She also posted some images of Mars , captured by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) .
What will be the role of this gigantic sensor?
Once the Vera Rubin observatory is operational, the 3,200-megapixel digital camera will capture a succession of panoramic images of the entire southern sky, which it will do once every few days for 10 years .
This project, known as the Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST) , will track the movements of billions of stars and galaxies, while creating the world's largest astronomy film This next-generation observatory is poised to tackle questions regarding the formation of the universe, dark matter and dark energy. The researchers unveiled the first image and explained how they achieved this feat in avideo.