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Rubin Observatory and the SLAC-built LSST Camera image the visible southern sky over and over for a decade, creating a vast archive of data that will advance our knowledge of dark energy and dark matter.

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LSST Camera: World’s largest camera for astronomy

Vera C. Rubin Observatory LSST Camera Focal Plane Build 158

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Researchers have released 10 terabytes of data from the OpenUniverse project, which has created a detailed simulation of the universe astrophysicists can use to...

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The largest camera ever built for astrophysics has completed the journey to Cerro Pachón in Chile, where it will soon help unlock the Universe’s...

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The first reflective coating was applied to Vera C. Rubin Observatory’s 8.4-meter combined primary/tertiary mirror using the observatory’s onsite coating chamber.

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Vera C. Rubin Observatory’s stunningly detailed images will illuminate distant stellar streams and their past encounters with dark matter.

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Once set in place atop a telescope in Chile, the 3,200-megapixel LSST Camera will help researchers better understand dark matter, dark energy and other...

Researchers examine the LSST Camera
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The LSST camera will sit atop Rubin Observatory’s Simonyi Survey Telescope high in the Andes of Chile.

The camera will sit atop Rubin Observatory’s Simonyi Survey Telescope high in the Andes of Chile.
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An artist's rendering of the LSST Camera showing its major components including lenses, sensor array, and utility trunk.

An artist rendering of the LSST Camera showing its major components
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A front view of the completed LSST Camera, showing the 3,200-megapixel focal plane within.

A front view of the completed LSST Camera, showing the 3,200-megapixel focal plane within
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Researchers examine the LSST Camera. The camera will soon be shipped to Chile, where it will be the heart of the Vera C. Rubin...

Researchers examine the LSST Camera
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Travis Lange updates us on the LSST camera's journey to Chile for the Vera Rubin Observatory. With its 3.2-billion-pixel sensor, the world's largest digital...

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Aaron Roodman is the Deputy Director of the Vera Rubin Observatory: 30 years in the making, this new observatory will revolutionize our view of...

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Vera C. Rubin Observatory’s detailed, big-picture view of our Solar System and ability to quickly detect and track moving objects will provide a gold...

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