The world’s first 3,200-megapixel image was taken this week by the Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST) camera. According experts who designed the camera, the LSST is powerful enough to take a picture of a golf ball from 24 kilometres away.
The LSST was developed by the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and is made up of an array of imaging sensors.
According to the design team behind the camera, “The focal plane is similar to the imaging sensor of a digital consumer camera or the camera in a cell phone. But the LSST Camera focal plane is much more sophisticated. In fact, it contains 189 individual sensors, or charge-coupled devices (CCDs), that each bring 16 megapixels to the table.”
During an announcement September 8, the team behind the LSST revealed that the camera had captured the world’s first 3,200-megapixel single-shot images. The resulting images have such a high resolution that if you wanted to view them at full size, it would take 378 4K UHD displays to fully show a single image.
The LSST is scheduled to be installed in the Vera C. Rubin Observatory in Chile. Once installed, it will spend its time capturing unbelievably high-resolution images of the Southern sky. According to the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, One full panorama will be captured with the camera every few nights.
“This is a huge milestone for us,” said Vincent Riot, LSST Camera project manager from DOE’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. ”The focal plane will produce the images for the LSST, so it’s the capable and sensitive eye of the Rubin Observatory.”
Take a look at what went into creating the LSST below:
Image: Jacqueline Orrell/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory