Scientists unveil world’s largest digital camera

Scientists unveil world’s largest digital camera

Stanford University’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory has developed the Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST) camera, which is purpose-built to capture images of the night sky.

The camera is still not fully built, but all the parts are installed. The developer team invited the media to show off the camera and learn about the impressive focal plane of 189 sensors called CCDs.

The length of the camera is 1.65 meters and it is the largest digital camera in the world. The camera will be installed at the Vera C. Rubin Observatory atop Cerro Pachon in Chile by the end of 2024.

The 3200MP camera is capable enough to capture a golf ball from 15 miles away. The camera is about the size of a small car and the lens is over 5 feet in diameter.

Once the camera is built, the Rubin Observatory will be able to study the night sky. The camera will be completed in May 2023.