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Billion-pixel Camera For Milky Way Shots?

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Get ready for a new look at our Milky Way Galaxy as the European Space Agency states it has finally completed their largest digital camera ever built for space exploration.

This camera which is due to be launched onboard the Gaia mission in 2013 for the Esa has an astounding one billion pixel array camera that should create a three dimensional image of our galaxy.

The camera is so precise that the ESA says that if it were on the surface of the Earth it could measure the size of a person’s fingernail if they were on the Moon.

The camera was developed by the e2v Technologies of Chelmsford in the UK and has rectangular detectors that measures 4.7×6 centimeters and thinner than a human hair. The camera satellite will be 1.5 million kilometers behind the Earth with the Sun at it’s back and it will sweep through the panorama of the galactic landscape capturing detailed images that are sure to astound the world.

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With the amazing telescopes and cameras at our disposal, scientists and the public are becoming more familiar with the universe around us and many questions are being answered.

A three dimensional, high definition series of images will be a thrill to the world and enable researchers to get a better idea of what we’ll be up against when we finally decide to head to the stars.

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