The camera system, called NIX , draws attention with its infrared and cryogenic capabilities. Standing out with its technical features, the camera will enable the capture of images with the highest contrast value ever.
Developed at the Science and Technology Facilities Council ‘s (STFC) UK Astronomy Technology Center (UK ATC), NIX is now based in Germany, where all the different parts of the Advanced Resolution Imager and Spectrograph (ERIS) are assembled by Max Planck It is maintained by the Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE).
The NIX can operate even in extremely cold temperatures, around -328 degrees Celsius , to reduce thermal radiation . In addition, the developed camera also has anti-reflective coatings, different optical elements and mirrors to prevent glare from nearby stars of outer planets.
Roughly the size of a hand luggage, NIX stands out with its compact design, thanks to the design and configuration of all its components in an almost miniature state .
NIX, which will be made available as part of the European Southern Observatory’s ” Very Large Telescope ” , one of the world’s most advanced optical telescopes at the Paranal Observatory in Chile , will begin active operation in 2022.