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1000 FPS camera mounted on world's largest telescope will take movies of Black Holes, Exoplanets and Neutron Stars

Published: 05 APR 2018 09:23AM

Words by AC Speed | Senior Editor


A REVOLUTIONARY new camera called HiPERCAM has been mounted on the Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC) - the world’s largest telescope, with a 10.4-meter mirror diameter and it’s set to delivery motion pictures of Dead Stars such as White Dwarfs, Neutron Stars, Black Holes & exoplanets.

Current telescopes generally only take one image every few minutes giving scientist very basic pictures of some of the most mysterious objects in our universe. HiPERCAM is capable of capturing one picture every millisecond giving researchers a much more detailed map of these objects to study.

Professor Vik Dhillon, Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Sheffield and Affiliated Researcher at the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC), said:

“Normal cameras installed on large telescopes usually capture only one picture every few minutes. HiPERCAM can take one picture every millisecond. The high speed essentially provides a slow-motion view of rapidly varying celestial objects.

The high-speed images are also captured in five different colours simultaneously, which means we can instantly tell the difference between hot stars – which are burning at tens of thousands of degrees Celsius and are blue in colour - and cooler stars, which appear red and are burning at only a few thousand degrees.

The combination of HiPERCAM and the world’s largest telescope provides us with a unique, new view of the Universe, which history tells us is when major new discoveries are made.”

A new study has suggested there could be as many as 20,000 black holes at the center of our Milky Way galaxy, so understanding how these form, grow and operate is crucial in predicting the future of our place in this vast expanse.

It could also help us to understand the inner workings of these objects and how they correlate to certain quantum mechanical phenomenon.


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