570-megapixel camera scans sky for dark energy

Fermilab scientists have rigged this gigantic beast of a snapper to look deep into space for evidence of dark energy, which is supposedly causing the universe to expand at an increased speed.

570-megapixel camera
Fermilab

According to Wired, this 570-megapixel camera is possibly the largest digicam ever built. But I wonder how it compares with the 1.4-gigapixel shooter conceived last year by the Institute for Astronomy in the University of Hawaii that we wrote about last year?

That aside, this gigantic beast of a snapper is rigged together by a team of particle physicists and astronomers at Fermilab. Its main purpose is to look deep into space for evidence of dark energy, which is supposedly causing the universe to expand at an increased speed.

This camera costs $35 million to build and, once completed, will be mounted onto a telescope in Chile to map the galaxies over five years.

(Source: Crave Asia)

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