Latest in Carinanebula

Image credit:

Visualized: Carina Nebula captured with a 268-megapixel camera

Nicole Lee, @nicole
December 10, 2012
Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

Combine a state-of-the-art telescope with a 268-megapixel camera, point it at the sky, add in a bit of calculation and you could end up with a gorgeous photo of the Carina Nebula. That's exactly what the ESO's Paranal Observatory in Chile did recently with its brand new VLT Survey Telescope -- just a portion of the resulting inaugural image is shown above. This isn't the first time the ESO has shown a love for large captures: it managed to stitch together a massive 9-gigapixel image of the Milky Way out of thousands of photographs taken with its VISTA telescope earlier this fall. However, with the 2.6-meter VLT and 268-megapixel OmegaCAM camera, the observatory is able to capture huge swaths of sky at a time -- no need for stitching here. The ESO says that it's the "largest telescope in the world exclusively dedicated to surveying the sky at visible wavelengths." As for the Carina Nebula, the star formation region is a popular choice among astronomers trying out new telescopes, and seeing how mesmerizing it is, we can't fault them for it. Click the source link below to see the whole image in all its zoomable glory.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

Oral-B thinks its AI toothbrush can clean your teeth better than you can

Oral-B thinks its AI toothbrush can clean your teeth better than you can

View
GameStop will have more $499 PS5s available to pre-order on Friday

GameStop will have more $499 PS5s available to pre-order on Friday

View
Here's everything Amazon announced at its big hardware event

Here's everything Amazon announced at its big hardware event

View
Ring made a security drone that flies around inside your home

Ring made a security drone that flies around inside your home

View
NASA accepts applications for astronauts for the first time in four years

NASA accepts applications for astronauts for the first time in four years

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr