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First Public Data Release by the Hyper Suprime-Cam Subaru Strategic Program

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A color composite image in the g, r and i bands of a small piece of the COSMOS field, as imaged by the Hyper Suprime-Cam.
A color composite image in the g, r and i bands of a small piece of the COSMOS field, as imaged by the Hyper Suprime-Cam. This image contains thousands of galaxies as faint as 27th magnitude. The galaxies are seen at such large distances that the light from them has taken billions of years to reach us. The light from the faintest galaxies was emitted when the universe was less than 10 percent of its present age. (Credit: Princeton University/HSC Project) Original Size (34MB)

Figuring out the fate of the Universe is one step closer. The first massive data set of a “cosmic census” is released using the largest digital camera on the Subaru Telescope. Beautiful images are available for public at large.

The first dataset from the Hyper Suprime-Cam Subaru Strategic Program (HSC-SSP) was released to the public on February 27th, 2017. HSC-SSP is a large survey being done using HSC, which is an optical imaging camera mounted at the prime focus of the Subaru Telescope. HSC has 104 scientific CCDs (for a total of 870 million pixels) and a 1.77 square-degree field of view.

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