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The planet's biggest -570-megapixel- camera the size of a smart car is being built at Fermilab by an international team of particle physicists and astronomers, to help solve one of the great mysteries of the cosmos: what is dark energy -the ubiquitous, invisible matter believed to make up 70 percent of the universe and the hidden force behind the acceleration of the universe.
When completed it will be shipped to the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile, where it will be placed atop a four-meter telescope called the Blanco sometime in 2011. The mega gadget will take pictures of the universe not only as we see it today but back through time, closer to when the universe began, capturing images of roughly 300 million galaxies.
The Dark Energy Camera will peer deeper into the sky and unveil more galaxies at greater distances than any previous project, including the epic Sloan Digital Sky Survey that has transformed our knowledge of the universe. It will collect data on the distances of supernovae from Earth, the large-scale clustering of galaxies, the abundance of massive galaxy clusters, and the bending of light caused by galaxies and clusters of galaxies.
“If all four measures show the same result, it means that our current ideas about dark energy are correct; if they differ, there is either a problem in our understanding of gravity or some other explanation,” said Brenna Flaugher, who is spearheading the camera’s construction in an interview with Symmetry.com .
A lens of dark matter:
-Some light passes through a large cluster of galaxies and surrounding dark matter. Dark matter gravity acts like a lens, bending the light.
A 570 MP camera?? Wow, that's impressive. Maybe I don't get it but how do you expect to SEE dark matter?
Originally posted by Optix
I wonder if they look long enough, they will see how the deep space hole goes?
[edit on 14-1-2010 by Optix]
Originally posted by Damian-007
WOW!! 570mpx. That's just what I need to take Awesome Wildlife Photo's.
Take great Wedding Photo's. I wonder if my Minolta Lenses would fit it?