The 570-Megapixel Dark Energy Camera Takes its First Shots

dark-energy-camera-first-shots.jpgThe Dark Energy Survey is a collaboration of scientists and institutions from across the globe designed to help understand the force that's causing the universe to expand. They're doing this, in part, with the help of a brand new 570-megapixel camera that captured its first image last week.

It's not just the camera though, or the massive Victor M. Blanco telescope to which it's mounted - there are accessories too. To be specific, the Dark Energy Camera utilizes five different filters, each of which is the size of a manhole cover. Each of the filters is a different shade of blue, green or red, while one is an infrared filter to pick up the things the human eye cannot. All together, it's an awe inspiring unit.

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