Dark Energy Camera Galaxy Close-up

DECAM Galaxy NGC 1365

The Dark Energy Camera imaged the spiral galaxy NGC 1365 in this image released in fall 2012.
Image Credit: Dark Energy Survey Collaboration

March 4, 2013

The world's most powerful digital camera snapped the above picture of galaxy NGC 1365 — a galaxy nestled in the distant Fornax galaxy cluster roughly 60 million light years away.

The 570-megapixel Dark Energy Camera can image tens of thousands of galaxies in a single image, and it can pick out galaxies as far as 8 billion light years away. Scientists are using the telescope to better understand why the universe's expansion is accelerating — a discovery that garnered the 2011 Nobel Prize in physics.

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