3-D Galaxy-mapping Project Enters Construction Phase

A view of the ProtoDESI setup during assembly at Berkeley Lab, with the underside of the robotic fiber-positioners visible at left. ProtoDESI is now installed at the 4-meter Mayall Telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory near Tucson, Ariz.
A view of the ProtoDESI setup during assembly at Berkeley Lab, with the underside of the robotic fiber-positioners visible at left. ProtoDESI is now installed at the 4-meter Mayall Telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory near Tucson, Arizona.

 

A 3-D sky-mapping project that will measure the light of millions of galaxies has received formal approval from the U.S. Department of Energy to move forward with construction. Installation of the project, called DESI (Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument), is set to begin next year at the Nicholas U. Mayall 4-meter telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory near Tucson, Arizona, with observations starting up in January 2019.

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Learn more about the Heising-Simons Foundation’s support for DESI here

 

This short video is a simulation of simultaneously reconfiguring 499 fiber positioner prototype robots on the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI). The video is real time. The instrument will contain 5000 identical robots, each automatically targeting an individual galaxy.

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