The camera, which has been in the works for about two decades, will image the universe with 3.2 gigapixel resolution.
Scientists will carry out the first imaging tests in the second half of 2023, with a launch planned for March 2024, and from then on, the device will collect 20 terabytes of data every night for ten years. The aim is to produce a vast astronomical map of the Southern Hemisphere, including twenty billion galaxies and seventeen billion stars in the Milky Way. Such a gigantic cosmic database would have been unfathomable until recently.
The Vera C. Rubin Observatory is the first of its kind to be named after a woman—Rubin worked as an astronomer in the 1960s and 1970s, and her work provided the first evidence for the existence of dark matter.