Scientists at the US Department of Energy’s National Accelerator Laboratory have captured the first images with a record resolution of 3200 megapixels. They were taken with the world’s largest digital camera.
An array of sensors designed to collect images of galaxies captured images of objects on Earth at 3200 megapixels. This is the highest resolution for any device that has ever photographed objects on our planet. The system was integrated into a camera and sent to Chile, where researchers will use it to collect photographs of galaxies.
The project is a collaboration between the US Department of Energy’s SLAC National Laboratory and a project to compile an extensive catalog of images of Vera Rubin Observatory galaxies. The LSST camera will play a key role in observing a huge number of galaxies.
Like a conventional camera, an array works by converting visible light reflected from objects into electrical signals. A distinctive feature of the camera is its scale and the ability to capture details.
To capture these images, the sensors were presented in a grid that was cooled down to -150 degrees. The SLAC team used a tiny hole to project the required images into the focal plane of the array.
Once installed at the observatory, the camera will capture panoramic images of the entire southern hemisphere of the sky for ten years. The data obtained will form the basis of the largest astronomical catalog of all time – LSST (Legacy Survey of Space and Time), which is planned to include about twenty billion galaxies.
At the same time, the telescope is designed in such a way that image sensors can detect objects 100 million times dimmer than those that are visible to the naked eye. This sensitivity will allow you to see a candle flame several thousand kilometers away.