The World’s Most Powerful Camera Took 3,200-Megapixel Photos

An array of sensors designed to collect images of far-away galaxies has taken photos of objects on Earth that are 3,200 megapixels, the highest resolution ever. The array will next be integrated into a camera and sent to Chile, where it will collect images of 20 billion galaxies over the next decade.

The project is a collaboration between the US Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and the Vera C. Rubin Observatory’s Legacy Survey of Space and Time[1] (LSST), a project that aims to compile a massive catalog of galaxy images. The LSST Camera[2] will play a key role in the project’s goals of observing more galaxies than people on Earth and creating the first motion picture of the Universe.

Like a consumer camera, the array that will comprise the LSST Camera works by converting visible light reflected by objects into electrical signals. What sets the camera apart is its scale and attention to detail: it is able to take photos with approximately 189 times’ the resolution of a 16-megapixel digital camera. 

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