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Hyper Suprime-Cam Ushers In A New Era Of Observational Astronomy


Credit: NAOJ

The installation of Hyper Suprime-Cam (HSC) onto the Subaru Telescope took place on August 16-17, 2012. The availability of this extraordinary new instrument marks the beginning of a new era in observational astronomy and is a testament to the fruits of international collaboration. The 3-ton, 3-meter (9 feet) high instrument mounted at prime focus contains 116 innovative, highly sensitive CCDs. HSC’s 1.5 degree wide field of view (FOV) substantially increases the Subaru Telescope’s FOV beyond that available with the present instrument (the Subaru Prime Focus Camera, Suprime-Cam) by seven times.

Its development has been a science-driven and technologically innovative process targeting the need to address current scientific questions: What are the parameters and properties of dark energy and dark matter? What is the cause of the accelerating expansion of the Universe? HSC can conduct surveys that will provide fundamental data sets for cosmology-related research.

Full Story: http://www.naoj.org/Topics/2012/09/12/index.html

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