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SCIPP Scientists building world’s largest digital camera

The most powerful digital camera ever built, now being assembled at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory at Stanford University, will create a vast panorama of space by taking snapshots of 20 billion galaxies — more than twice as many as there are people on Earth.

“The discovery potential is fantastic,” said Steve Ritz, project scientist for the camera and a physics professor at UC Santa Cruz. “We want to find new things. We want to be surprised.”

A joint project of the National Science Foundation and Department of Energy, the Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST) project will take photos every 15 seconds — accumulating many images, every night, over 10 years.

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