Astronomers at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile hope to unlock secrets of our changing universe with the most powerful sky-mapping camera ever built.
A five-year study beginning in December aims to discover some 300 million galaxies and 4,000 supernovae.
Some interesting facts...
- The 570-megapixel Dark Energy Camera is the most powerful sky-mapping machine ever created.
- The first images from the camera, captured in September, show the Formax galaxy cluster – some 60 million light years from earth.
- The issue of dark matter and its possible role in the expansion of the universe is among astronomy's biggest mysteries.
- Astronomers hope it will yield images of one-eighth of the sky.