TITLE

World's Largest Digital Camera

AUTHOR(S)
Eisenstein, Paul
PUB. DATE
November 2003
SOURCE
Popular Mechanics;Nov2003, Vol. 180 Issue 11, p34
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Installed at the Palomar Observatory's Oschin Telescope near San Diego, California and designed and built by astrophysicists from Yale and Indiana universities, the Quasar Equatorial Survey Team (QUEST) is the world's largest astronomical digital camera. It uses an array of 112 charge-coupled devices (CCD) rather than conventional photographic film to scan the sky. Not only are these devices is more sensitive to light than photographic film, they're also able to deliver data immediately, allowing researchers around the world to share QUEST'S vision in real time. QUEST is expected to generate an unprecedented amount of astronomical data in digital form, more than 1 terabyte a month. Plans call for QUEST'S data to be made available on the Internet through the National Virtual Observatory.
ACCESSION #
11103884

 

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