Sunday, September 30, 2012

The World's Largest Digital Camera (Sunday Science)

The Dark Energy Camera is the most powerful digital camera yet. It is mounted on top of the Victor M. Blanco telescope in northern Chile.

The Worlds Most Powerful Digital Camera Snaps Its First Photos firstimage

Above you see an image from the Dark Energy Camera of the center of the globular star cluster 47 Tucanae, which lies about 17,000 light years from Earth. Credit: Dark Energy Survey Collaboration

They say:
With its 570-megapixels and super wide field, it will perform the largest galaxy survey ever undertaken, imaging 300 million galaxies up to 8 billion light years away over the next five years. Each snapshot will capture light from more than 100,000 galaxies.

The camera is the cornerstone instrument of the Dark Energy Survey, a collaboration of 120 scientists from 23 organizations around the world who are working together to understand the mysterious force labeled "dark energy" that is believed to be speeding up the expansion of the universe.
Important clues about the nature of dark energy could be found by studying how the distribution of distant galaxies has evolved over the past 8 billion years.
Read the full article over at phys.org and another interesting one at petapixel.com

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Every Star Wars Movie Explained as an Infographic

The guys over at Murera.com have created a pack of infographics to explain every Star Wars movie. Now even I get it.

http://www.murera.com/starwars/
A New Hope (Infographic) by Murera.com