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15 spectacular photos from the Dark Energy Camera


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From high atop a mountain in the Chilean Andes, the Dark Energy Camera has snapped more than one million exposures of the southern sky. The images have captured around 2.5 billion astronomical objects, including galaxies and galaxy clusters, stars, comets, asteroids, dwarf planets and supernovae.

Now 10 years since the Dark Energy Camera first saw stars, the impressive 570-megapixel camera was originally built at the U.S. Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory for the Dark Energy Survey. The international DES collaboration uses the deep-space data to investigate dark energy, a phenomenon that is accelerating the expansion of space.

The Dark Energy Survey, whose scientists are now analyzing the data collected from 2013-2019, isn't the only experiment to benefit from the powerful piece of equipment. Other research groups have also used the camera to conduct additional astronomical observations and surveys. Here are some of the many stellar photos created using the Dark Energy Camera.

https://phys.org/news/2022-10-spectacular-photos-dark-energy-camera.html

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That composite pic of Lovejoy is absolutely breathtaking!

Thanks for sharing.

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Looking at these images makes a person briefly aware of what "infinity" means.  

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58 minutes ago, and-then said:

Looking at these images makes a person briefly aware of what "infinity" means.  

..yet its a concept thats still so hard to grasp. Earth is but a microscopic speck ( smaller even) in the vastness. Its so incredibly fascinating. 

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