Vera Rubin, photograph imaged by LSST Camera sensors

Pinhole camera image of an old photo of Vera Rubin, courtesy of the Carnegie Institution for Science, where Vera Rubin spent her career as a staff scientist. A zoomable version of the whopping 3200-megapixel image is available here.

The images that are produced with the camera are exceptionally clean and free of artifacts. The small inhomogeneities are removed by astronomical software to ensure a pristine view of the Universe. 

The main part of the camera focal plane has 189 square 4k x 4k science CCD sensors with a combined 3.5-degrees field of view — large enough to capture a portion of the sky about the size of 40 full Moons. The corner areas have a total of eight square 4x4k CCD sensors for guiding the telescope and in addition eight smaller 2x4k rectangular CCD sensors for camera focusing.

Credit:

LSST Camera Team/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory/Rubin Observatory

About the Image

Id:ann20013a
Type:Photographic
Release date:Sept. 8, 2020, 6:59 p.m.
Related announcements:ann20013
Size:63388 x 63292 px

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