Watch the world's first dark energy detector take shape

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This massive camera is about to head to Chile on a five-year mission to find evidence of dark energy. And now, through the magic of time-lapse photography, you can watch as Fermilab technicians bring the future of science to life.

The camera has 74 total sensors and an overall resolution of 570 megapixels, making it the second most powerful camera in the world. It took ten months for engineers at Fermilab in Illinois to complete the massive camera, which will scan 300 million galaxies for further evidence of dark energy. Next year, it will be installed on the Blanco Telescope at Chile's Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory.

Accompanied by classical music that hits just the right balance between rousing and soothing, here's ten months of dark energy detector construction in less than four minutes:


[New Scientist]