Zwicky Transient Facility sees ‘first light’

A new robotic camera with the ability to capture hundreds of thousands of stars and galaxies in a single shot has taken its first image of the sky—an event astronomers refer to as “first light.” The camera is the centerpiece of a new automated sky survey project called the Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF), based at Caltech’s Palomar Observatory near San Diego, California.

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