A latest advance has allowed researchers to capture the world’s first 3,200-megapixel image , photos that would occupy up to 378 4K televisions.
Researchers at the National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC) at Stanford (California) have managed to capture the largest photographic image in the world composed of 3200 Mpx. The objective of this first step is to end up installing the advance in the Rubin Observatory in Chile with the idea of producing a panoramic image of the entire southern sky for 10 years, capturing more than 20,000 million galaxies, something that will help us understand dark matter, dark energy, and the cosmos.
Until that time comes, these first tests are allowing the team of researchers to take different digital photographs, breaking all existing resolution records. As we have discussed, these images resulting from the tests are huge and would require up to 378 televisions at 4K resolution to be able to display them.
The different images of the test have been captured using a series of 189 sensors developed to be integrated into the world’s largest digital camera that is currently under construction at the National Accelerator Laboratory.
This gigantic sensor that can capture 3200MP photos is over 61cm wide and has a huge focal plane, big enough to capture the size of a patch of sky equivalent to 40 full moons. In this way, the sensor contains 189 individual 16MP sensors and each individual pixel is approximately 10 microns wide. However, the resolution would be so high that a golf ball could be seen from about 15 miles away.
Using this sensor, the researchers have been able to capture a wide variety of different subjects such as a particular type of broccoli, a photo of Vera Rubin (a pioneering dark matter scientist), and other elements. Due to the size of the photos, the team has developed a web application that allows you to view all these highly detailed images through the following external links:
As we have commented, once the testing period is completed and it is verified that the sensors are well-calibrated and working correctly, the progress will go to the Rubin Observatory in Chile in mid-2021 where it will produce a panoramic image of the complete southern sky.