Based on Monday’s official announcement, the Department of Energy will produce world’s most advanced digital camera. The highly advanced instrument will serve as a space telescope and will allow NASA experts to thoroughly study the universe.
The concept of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope has long been presented by scientists, but the project has not been approved until Monday. Now that officials have finally acknowledged the importance of the telescope, scientists will work to build it by the end of 2022, the official deadline.
The technological information behind the new instrument is far too advanced for all people to understand it. However, the few details that scientists have provided us with have been enough to make us understand that the new telescope is an unprecedented machinery.
According to the developers of the project, the digital camera will boast a collection of 3.2 gigapixels. To put it in lay terms, the resolution of exiting smartphone cameras would have to be multiplied 500 times to obtain the same results. Scientists guarantee that space images will be so accurate that they will make visible even the most inaccessible areas of the universe.
Several other components have been added to make this possible. The world’s most advanced digital camera will automatically switch its filters to capture different wavelengths. According to scientists, the telescope will be sensitive to near-infrared and near-ultraviolet wavelengths.
No matter how attractive the new digital camera may sound to you, researchers don’t think the technology will be available for sale any time soon. First of all, the telescope will have the size of a car and will weigh three tons because it was designed for NASA’s space missions. Nevertheless, the breakthrough is expected to inspire developers in creating new digital cameras for consumers.
The approval of the project is giving researchers green light to build the digital camera using the available financial means. The telescope has to be completed by 2022 when it will be installed on the Cerro Pachó Mountain in Chile – the ideal location for the scanning of the universe, NASA experts have explained.
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