The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope will be installed in 2022.
The Department of Energy got the world's most powerful digital camera explained after their project has finally been approved. The future looks promising considering the highly advanced tech specifications of the new space telescope.
NASA and other space experts have long hinted at the production of a highly accurate space telescope that could observe even the remotest areas of the universe. The project has finally been approved and scientists will soon start working for the implementation of the new means of investigation.
Based on their previous declarations, the official name of the new gadget is the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST). It will be built by researchers at the Stanford University working within the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.
Investigators guarantee that the space telescope will be an unprecedented machine that will capture images of unknown galaxies and will explain dark matter. This will be possible due to its array of 3.2 gigapixels, as well as other tech specifications.
To estimate just how powerful the new telescope is, multiply the resolution of HD television by 1,500 times. Or the resolution of an iPhone 6 camera by 500 times.
The digital camera will most certainly improve the existing technology, but it won’t be available for sale, scientists have added. LSST will be as big as a car and will weigh approximately three tons, being produced mainly for science-related activities.
It has been designed as a continuation of the Hubble Space Telescope, which is programmed to end its space mission in 2018. For that matter, the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope will be able to capture different wavelengths, be they near-infrared or near-ultraviolet, thanks to its filters. Scientists will foresee the new digital camera with a special mechanism that will automatically change filters to obtain the best quality.
The estimated date for the introduction of the new telescope was set for 2022, but results may vary depending on the difficulties that researchers may encounter during its production.
Once completed, the new telescope will be installed on the Cerro Pachó mountaintop in Chile. Scientists estimate their database on the Southern skies to grow significantly during the first ten years of activity. Hopefully, so will our knowledge on space.