The sophisticated equipment, which weighs 2.8 tons and is the size of a small car, will reveal views of the cosmos like never before, officials from the project, which is funded by the United States (USA), told news agency AFP.
Starting in early 2025, when the $800 million camera takes its first photos, its lenses will sweep the sky every three days, allowing scientists to reach new frontiers in their galactic analysis.
The revolution, according to the president of the Chilean Astronomy Society (Sochias), Bruno Dias, is that instead of “studying one star and knowing everything about that single star”, researchers will be able to “study thousands of stars at once”.
Deputy director of NOIRLab, the American research center that manages the observatory located at an altitude of 2,500 meters on the Cerro Pachón mountain, 560 kilometers north of Santiago, Stuartt Corder says that the new installation will mark the beginning of “a change in paradigm in astronomy”.
Dominant position in astronomy
The project consolidates Chile’s dominant position in astronomical observation, as the South American country is home to a third of the world’s most powerful telescopes, according to Sochias, and has some of the clearest skies on the planet.