The Dark Energy camera has captured a detailed and beautiful 570-megapixel photograph of the distant Lobster nebula. The Dark Energy Camera (DECam) is mounted on the 13-foot (4 meters) Víctor M. Blanco Telescope at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile. It forms part of the Dark Energy Survey project that searches for evidence of dark energy, the invisible force that astronomers think accelerates the expansion of the universe.
As a happy by-product, the camera also captures some incredible images of the universe while it searches for dark matter. Last week the camera released images of the Lobster Nebula. It’s part of a star-forming region roughly 8,000 light-years away from Earth in the constellation Scorpius.