Stanford Researchers Take World-First 3,200 Megapixel Photo


To display this photo in full size you will need a 378 4K Ultra-High Definition screen. Imagine being able to see a golf ball from 15 miles away. Its low-light capability can also blur objects up to 100 million times what we can see with the human eye.

The reason for its creation is to study Dark Matter and film the “greatest astronomical film of all time” and will be installed in Stanford’s Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST) telescope in Chile.

The camera has 189 sensors, called charge-coupled devices (CCDs), each with 16 megapixels, and is now the world’s largest digital camera.

What’s interesting is that it has 3.2 billion pixels, all of which are very small. This is different to the latest release of the Sony a7S III which includes larger pixels to perform in low light conditions. But, it gives you higher resolutions, which is what they are aiming for here.

In 10 years, the camera will collect images of about 20 billion galaxies.

You can detect some images taken along the focal plane of the camera in full resolution. Click + and – to zoom in and out. You can read here to explain the images.

See this image here in high resolution.

See this image here in high resolution.

You can read about it on the Standford SLAC website.

All images used with permission.