STANFORD, Calif. (Diya TV) — Stanford scientists and engineers, in collaboration with the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, have achieved a monumental milestone after two decades of dedication: the completion of the Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST) Camera. This cutting-edge digital camera, housed at the SLAC laboratory in Menlo Park, is the largest of its kind ever built, weighing approximately 3 metric tons and boasting a resolution so high that it could capture a golf ball from 15 miles away.

The LSST Camera, affectionately dubbed the “world’s largest eye on the sky,” is destined for the Vera C. Rubin Observatory in Chile, where it will embark on a groundbreaking mission to capture the southern night sky every three nights. Armed with a remarkable 3,200-megapixel sensor array, this camera will generate an unprecedented volume of data over the next decade, offering scientists an unparalleled glimpse into the mysteries of the universe.

What sets the LSST Camera apart is not just its sheer size, but its extraordinary capabilities. With a front lens measuring over 5 feet across—the largest ever made for this purpose—and a focal plane consisting of 201 custom-designed sensors, each no wider than a tenth of a human hair, the camera is poised to revolutionize our understanding of the cosmos.

The resolution of the LSST Camera is so remarkable that it would require hundreds of ultra-high-definition TVs to display just one of its images at full size. Moreover, its sensitivity is such that it could detect a golf ball from a distance of 15 miles while covering a swath of the sky seven times wider than the full moon. These capabilities will enable scientists to explore cosmic phenomena with unprecedented clarity and precision.

The completion of the LSST Camera marks a significant milestone in the field of astronomy. It represents the culmination of years of research, development, and collaboration among scientists and engineers from around the world. With its unparalleled resolution and sensitivity, the LSST Camera is poised to unlock the secrets of the universe and usher in a new era of discovery in astronomy.

As the LSST Camera prepares for its installation atop the Simonyi Survey Telescope in Chile, scientists eagerly anticipate the groundbreaking discoveries that lie ahead. From unraveling the mysteries of dark energy and dark matter to studying the structure and evolution of our own Milky Way galaxy, the LSST Camera promises to revolutionize our understanding of the cosmos and inspire future generations of astronomers.