National Astronomical Observatory of Japan

Hyper Suprime-Cam Ushers in a New Era of Observational Astronomy

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The installation of Hyper Suprime-Cam (HSC) onto the Subaru Telescope took place on August 16-17, 2012. The availability of this extraordinary new instrument marks the beginning of a new era in observational astronomy and is a testament to the fruits of international collaboration. With its wide field of view and high-resolution imaging, HSC can conduct surveys that will provide fundamental data sets for cosmology-related research that investigates the origin and development of the Universe.

[Figure 1] Hyper Suprime-Cam. The instrument weighs 3 tons and is 3 meters (9 feet) high.