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Post by Chicago Astronomer Joe on Jun 13, 2005 16:06:48 GMT -6
Capturing the Fastest Events in the Universe
(Jun 9, 2005) A new high-speed camera has been mounted to the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope in Chile. This ultra fast camera is called ULTRACAM, and it's capable of recording some of the most rapid astronomical events. It's capable of taking 500 pictures a second, so it will be used to watch any object that can change quite rapidly, like black holes, gamma ray bursts, white dwarfs or cataclysmic variables.