3,200 megapixel camera will make interactive 3D map of the universe

This week, the US Department of Energy issued a key approval for construction of the camera for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), which will take snapshots of the universe with a whopping 3,200 megapixels — or 3.2 gigapixels — of detail. When the telescope goes fully online in 2022, it will take some of the highest resolution pictures of our universe ever produced, and scientists plan to do a lot more with that data than “just” modify theories and produce pretty pictures.

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