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Exploring dark energy with the world's largest camera - Rough Cuts

11/12/2012 ISO 1200 Magazine 0 Comments

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.