Google goes into space

    On January 6, the first reports appeared in the American press that the search giant Google would take part in an ambitious project to build a giant telescope that would allow a wide audience to observe asteroids, supernovae, and other distant corners of our universe.

    The telescope, which will be located on Mount Sierro Pachon in Chile, is due to begin work in 2013. A feature of the device will be the constant photographing of the visible part of the sky. At the same time, the resolution of images will be 3 billion pixels (3.2 gigapixels), and overnight “up to 30 TB of color images” will drop “into the piggy bank of science”.
    The role of Google in this project is more than responsible. The company collaborates in the development of a search engine capable of processing, organizing and analyzing in real time the entire amount of data received from the device.
    The search giant has become one of the 19 project participants, including the Brookhaven National Laboratory; Columbia University; Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics; Johns Hopkins University; Stanford University; Princeton University; Pennsylvania State University; University of California, Davis, and University of California, Irvine.

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