Press Room

Dark Energy Survey: photos & videos

Click on links below images for medium and high-resolution jpeg images. When using this material please credit Fermilab unless noted otherwise.

4-Minute Video

Members of the Dark Energy Survey collaboration explain what they hope to learn by studying the southern sky with the world's most advanced digital camera, mounted on a telescope in Chile. Credit: Fermilab.

Photos

photo
This image of the NGC 1398 galaxy was taken with the Dark Energy Camera. This galaxy lives in the Fornax cluster, roughly 65 million light-years from Earth. It is 135,000 light-years in diameter, just slightly larger than our own Milky Way galaxy, and contains more than a billion stars. Credit: Dark Energy Survey.
photo
A Dark Energy Camera image of Spiral Galaxy NGC 0895, located in the constellation Cetus, about 110 million light-years from Earth. Its blue color indicates that it contains many newly formed (and newly forming) stars. Credit: Dark Energy Survey.
photo
Composite Dark Energy Camera image of one of the sky regions that the collaboration will use to study supernovae, exploding stars that will help uncover the nature of dark energy. The outlines of each of the 62 charge-coupled devices can be seen. This picture spans 2 degrees across on the sky and contains 520 megapixels.
photo
Composite DECam image (combining images from 4 filters) of the cluster of galaxies RXJ 2248-4431. Bright points with horizontal white lines are stars in our own galaxy.
photo
Composite DECam image (combining images from 5 filters) of the cluster of galaxies SPT-CL J2332-5358. The center of the cluster is indicated by the yellowish galaxies in the middle of the picture. The bright galaxy in the upper left is in the foreground (closer to us than the cluster).
photo
The Dark Energy Camera, mounted on the Blanco telescope at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile. Credit: Reidar Hahn/Fermilab.
photo
The Dark Energy Camera, mounted on the Blanco telescope at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile. Credit: Reidar Hahn/Fermilab.
photo
Composite picture of stars over the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile. Credit: Reidar Hahn/Fermilab.
photo
Composite picture of stars over the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile. Credit: Reidar Hahn/Fermilab.
photo
Composite picture of stars over the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile. Credit: Reidar Hahn/Fermilab.
photo
Stars over the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile. Credit: Reidar Hahn/Fermilab.
photo
The Dark Energy Camera features 62 charge-coupled devices (CCDs), which record a total of 570 megapixels per snapshot. Credit: Reidar Hahn/Fermilab.
photo
The prototype Dark Energy Camera installed at Fermilab in Batavia, Illinois. Credit: Reidar Hahn/Fermilab.
photo
Scientists build a prototype of the Dark Energy Camera, which will survey about one-tenth of the sky to measure 300 million galaxies and discover thousands of supernovae. Credit: Reidar Hahn/Fermilab.

Downloadable Videos

Loading the player ...
Timelapse of night sky until moonrise with Blanco Telescope in the center of the background. (15 seconds)
Link to full HD video (2.91 GB) (Right Click to download)
Loading the player ...
Timelapse of night sky Milky Way, tilt down to reveal Blanco Telescope in the background (29 seconds)
Link to full HD video (4.64 GB) (Right Click to download)
Loading the player ...
Timelapse of night sky with Blanco Telescope in the background - no camera movement (44 seconds)
Link to full HD video (6.53 GB) (Right Click to download)
Loading the player ...
Pan across observatories at CTIO to the 4M Blanco Telescope, which houses the Dark Energy Survey experiment. (22 seconds)
Link to full HD video (973 MB) (Right Click to download)
Loading the player ...
Smaller observatories with mountains in the background. (22 seconds)
Link to full HD video (3.75 GB) (Right Click to download)

For additional photos and B roll video footage, including aerials of the Fermilab site, visit the Fermilab Visual Media Services website. To obtain permission for the use of this additional material, please send an email to vismedsr@fnal.gov.


Last modified: 09/25/2013 |