View Full Version : Discussion: How About a Gigapixel Digital Camera?

2004-Sep-09, 04:22 PM
SUMMARY: Bought a digital camera recently? It's probably got anywhere from 3.1 to 6 megapixels of resolution. Well, the European Space Agency has built a 1 gigapixel (a gigapixel is 1024 megapixels) digital camera for its upcoming Gaia space telescope, due for launch in 2010. Gaia will be positioned 1.5 million km (930,000 miles) away from Earth, and will be designed to simultaneously photograph 1 billion stars and plenty of other celestial objects like asteroids, comets, galaxies, and nebulae. The goal will be to map the entire Universe down to a resolution one million times fainter than the human eye can see.

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2004-Sep-09, 06:43 PM
This sounds like an incredible scope, let's hope it can get the go-ahead soon & image those other planets in other solar systems B)

Darth Maestro
2004-Sep-17, 08:13 AM
That's Incredible. Is there any type of camera you can buy, or for that matter any type of camera you can make? That see's into the Ultraviolet and upper portions of the Electromagnetic spectrum. I feel like doin some Alien Huntin!

Corey --SK
Someone should fund David Sereda.

2004-Sep-17, 04:36 PM
Makes my 6 megapixel camera look tiny.

Just a thought though.... 3 or 4 gigapixel cameras in orbit - could they be used in array / footprint form :unsure: :blink: :rolleyes: