Giant telescope to be fitted with the world's largest digital camera

04/27/2012 | Popular Science

The Department of Energy has approved funding for what will be the largest digital camera in existence when it's complete, with the ability to take a single wide-angle photograph of an area 49 times bigger than the moon. The three-ton camera -- which will become part of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope based in Chile -- will be used to take extremely detailed images of the night sky, capturing up to 30 terabytes of data each day, or the equivalent of 800,000 8-megapixel pictures.

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