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1,400 Megapixel Pan-STARRS Telescope Comes Online

June 25th, 2010 06:18 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

ElectricSteve writes “Astronomers in Hawaii have announced they’ve successfully managed to boot up the Pan-STARRS (Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System) telescope. Working from dusk to dawn every night, Pan-STARRS is able to map one-sixth of the sky each month, allowing astronomers to track all moving objects, calculate their orbits, and identify any potential threats to Earth. There are four Pan-STARRS cameras in total, each capable of capturing around 1.4 billion pixels over a sensor measuring 40 centimeters square. The focal plane of each camera contains an almost complete 64×64 array of CCD devices, each containing approximately 600×600 pixels, for a total resolution of 1.4 gigapixels.”

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