SLAC’s 3.2 Billion Pixel Camera 0

Good news for astronomy enthusiasts! The SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is going to build the world’s biggest digital camera: the 3.2 Gigapixel Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST).

The 3-ton LSST and its 189 sensors will be collecting 6 million gigabytes worth of photos of the night sky annually — roughly equivalent to shooting 800,000 photos every night for a year using a Canon 20D.

Its deep and frequent cosmic vistas will help answer critical questions about the nature of dark energy and dark matter and aid studies of near-Earth asteroids, Kuiper belt objects, the structure of our galaxy and many other areas of astronomy and fundamental physics.

The LSST is completed in 2014, will be found in the Andes in northern Chile.

And while you wait for that exciting day to come, you can always make do with the new Canon 60Da camera.

[Photography Bay]