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Largest digital camera hunts killer asteroids

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posted on Jun, 19 2010 @ 05:54 PM
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Largest digital camera hunts killer asteroids


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With a main mirror about 60 inches wide, the new telescope on Maui's Haleakala volcano peak is somewhat small when compared to the large 10-meter Keck telescopes atop the Hawaiian peak of Mauna Kea.

But the telescope's 1,400-megapixel camera is a digital giant, with 1.4 billion pixels spread across 40 centimeters to snap photos of the night sky automatically, night after night, to find potentially dangerous asteroids. A typical domestic digital camera may have 5 million pixels on a chip a few millimeters across, telescope officials said.
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posted on Jun, 19 2010 @ 05:54 PM
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Wow, pretty cool a 1.4 gigapixel digital camera. This may be useful, but what is the point of watching an asteriod come to earth when we know there is no defense against such an object...would you like to live knowing that there is this much time left on earth, its like knowing that you have a gun pointed to your head and not being able do defend..

Saying that I think its cool because I am interested in digital photography, optics, and image processing..all that cool stuff.

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