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This 3.2 Gigapixel Camera Will Record a Timelapse of the Universe

The Vera C. Rubin Observatory will use the world’s largest digital camera to capture the far reaches of the universe, and in the process, hope to tackle some of the most fundamental questions in science today.
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The Vera C. Rubin Observatory is the first national observatory to have been named for a woman and it currently houses the world’s largest optical lens ever built.

Measuring 1.55 meters in diameter, this piece of glass is one of three lenses that will be the eyes for a new astronomical camera. The optical lens weighs more than 3 tons and has an enormous field of view, where light from billions of galaxies will come into focus. By recording images of the entire sky every few days, this camera will produce a time-lapse movie of the universe.

In this Focal Point, we hear from Cosmologist Daniel Gruen, PhD, from the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, and Stuart Marshall, a camera operator physicist, to learn more about what this massive digital camera has to offer. Watch to find out!

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Additional credit:
Miguel Aragon-Calvo, UNAM, Mark SubbaRao, Adler Planetarium, Alex Szalay, JHU

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Rubin Observatory’s Legacy Survey of Space and Time

“During the first 10 years of operations, Rubin Observatory will conduct the Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST) of the entire southern sky and provide the widest, fastest and deepest views of the night sky ever observed.”

Engineering the world’s largest digital camera

“The camera is a combination of many extremes. Its largest lens is one of the biggest ever created for astronomy and astrophysics. The ceramic grid that will hold its imaging sensors is so flat that no feature larger than a human red blood cell sticks up from its surface. The electronics that control the sensors are customized to fit in a very tight space and use as little power as possible.”

First national US observatory to be named after a woman!

“It was announced today that the upcoming Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), which will conduct a vast astronomical survey for unprecedented discovery of the deep and dynamic Universe, will now be named the NSF (National Science Foundation) Vera C. Rubin Observatory (Rubin Observatory).”

Four New Giant Telescopes Are About to Rock Astronomy

“Now, astronomers stand on the threshold of a new telescope revolution. During the next several years, researchers expect three instruments that are more than twice the size of their closest competitors to start scanning the skies. And a fourth telescope, one “only” 8 meters in diameter, will use advanced technology to image the entire night sky every three days. This quartet of new instruments promises to deliver stunning science on the hot-button issues.”


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    The More Great thing is that, They are Providing the Data to People
    They are very generous

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    Call me crazy but I don’t know how this iPhone 12 pro ultra mega max is going to fit in my pocket…I’ll figure it out.

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    Hmmmmm so in just 2ft cammera your able to take a picture with a viewing size of 40x total eclipse?


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    this telescope is kind of worthless since it can never have a full veiw of the night sky.

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    What happens on cloudy nights, rainy nights, won’t this have an effect

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    4:28 that is not an example of a CCD. That is probably a CPU or chipset.

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    Maybe I'm crazy, but I cried because it is so beautiful

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    Yet we still don't know what makes our ocean floors and how to cure Alzheimer's disease

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    How will the spacex satellites impact this project? Or will there be an impact at all?

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    guntur pasopati pamungkas

    Just buy 320 Samsung Galaxy S20 instead.

    Dont make me woooosh you :/

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    is that a Zeiss lens?

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    They're spending so much labour and money into this and I'm just gonna turn their hardwork into my desktop wallpaper for free

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    iPhone:- Good, now make 4 of them and stick it back of phone

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    enshrouded cloud

    Everything in this video that is visually referencing space is animated except for that one Hubble photo which they have been using for nearly 20 years. :43

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    More universe stuff

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    great for selfie

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    Looking forward to the day

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    20 years later this big camera will stay on back smartphone

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    What's the point of all this foolishness ?

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    It will require whole space of my pc for a single picture

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    Christopher Tochalauski

    Ha, that's it. Graphene bilayered super compound lenses and gamma diffusers will shatter this in notime.

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    Christopher Tochalauski

    These guys: my giant camera will outperform your smaller cameras because it's both compact and giant
    Rick Sanchez: Oh… well my camera was made out of garbage in my garage and is smaller than even those small ones but would still be 1,000 times more compact than yours if I enlarged it to the size of yours. That obvioisly makes it even more significantly compact than yours.

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