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Capturing Deep Universe: Largest Digital Camera To Understand And Explore Deep Space
Space is one of the most mysterious places that agencies have been trying their best to explore. The deep universe might still be inaccessible to visit, but now we have the right technology to better understand it. The world's largest digital camera is here and it's gearing up to study, observe, and better understand the deep universe.
Largest Digital Camera Built
The world's largest digital camera is called the Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST). Scientists from Stanford University who are part of the project are gearing up to install the gigantic camera at the Vera Rubin Observatory on a Chilean mountaintop.
"The Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST) is a planned 10-year survey of the southern sky that will take place at the Vera C. Rubin Observatory, currently under construction on the El Penon peak of Cerro Pachon in northern Chile," a statement from the university reads.
Once the installation is complete, the largest digital camera will image half of the Southern sky every three days peeing into the deep universe and its mysteries. Going into the details, the LSST camera supports 3.2-gigapixel, which is a 3.2 billion pixels camera.
The LSST camera includes six rotating optical filters that can be switched in and out. This technology enables astronomers to capture depending on the light conditions on a given night, allowing them to change accordingly. The filters provide the opportunity to image the sky in six different bands of the electromagnetic spectrum.
LSST Helping To Understand Deep Universe
The LSST camera is the key for future deep universe expeditions. Its massive force will enable it to look deep into the distance and beyond Earth's sky. This will enable the LSST to capture and image a much wider region than ever captured before. The pictures and portraits will be taken weekly to form a 10-year project to discover and study what the deep universe holds hidden until now.
"The survey data will enable researchers around the world to better evaluate a wide range of pressing questions about the attributes of dark energy and dark matter, the formation of the Milky Way, the properties of small bodies in the solar system, the trajectories of potentially hazardous asteroids and the possible existence of undiscovered explosive phenomena," the Stanford University statement further reads.
NASA Deep Universe Expeditions
NASA is currently working on several projects, including the ambitious and highly-anticipated Artemis Mission. The mission aims to send the next man and the first woman to the Moon with several scientific projects. The success of the Artemis mission will further enable NASA to send humans to Mars to explore the Red Planet.
At the same time, projects like the LSST camera are key to better understanding our universe. The project aims to survey as much of the sky as possible and track how it changes. This will help scientists to understand both the nature of distant galaxies as well as a lookout for asteroids so they don't collide with our planet.