In Chile, the Vera C. Rubin Observatory is gearing up to set up the world’s largest digital camera for optical astronomy. Weighing close to three tons and boasting a resolution of over 3.2 gigapixels, this camera marks a significant leap in astronomical technology. Located on Cerro Pachón in the Coquimbo region, approximately 565 kilometers north of Santiago, the observatory is part of an extensive mission to explore the universe’s mysteries over the next decade.

At the heart of this project is the integration of a cutting-edge telescope with an advanced data processing system. Capable of handling around 20 terabytes of data every night, the system is expected to gather a vast database totaling 15 petabytes throughout its mission. The primary objective of this ambitious endeavor is to shed light on dark energy and dark matter, which constitute the majority of the universe yet remain largely enigmatic. Additionally, the observatory will monitor celestial events, including potential asteroid impacts and the behaviors of nearby stars and planets. This mission, led by the AURA consortium and overseen by Stuartt Corder, symbolizes the fusion of state-of-the-art technology and innate human curiosity in exploring the mysteries of the cosmos.