The camera for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope just got its approval for a final design phase this week, which is exiting news for all you space fans out there. When it’s finished, the LSST camera will be the largest digital camera ever made, and it’ll be able to image the entire visible sky every single week.
The sky is a big place, which is why you need a big camera to deal with it, and the LSST camera is truly massive. If you didn’t notice, the picture above shows a rendering of the camera with a person standing next to it: this thing is about the size of a car. The sensor itself is a staggering 3,200 megapixels (or 3.2 gigapixels), but there’s no gigapan-style trickery going on here.
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