What Does 268MP Image Sensor Look Like?

Space photography requires a camera, a really big camera. One with 32 CCD sensors that snap pictures at a mind-bending 268-megapixel resolution. Go ahead, you can call it the OmegaCam.

You may want to take this one home with you, but you can’t. It weighs a whopping 1700-lbs and produces about 30 terabytes of data per year. It’s also the camera portion of the VLT Survey Telescope (VST) which is the world’s largest telescope designed to operate in visible light. It resides in the northern Chile and is part of the European Southern Observatory. [ESO via PetaPixel and PhotoRadar]