For those feeling pretty cocky about their 14MP cameraphone, check this out: The Pan-STARRS space camera has 1,400 megapixels in a sensor almost sixteen inches long. Run by the PS1 Science Consortium, the camera takes 500 pictures a night (that’s 4TB of data) that study the position of asteroids in space so Earth stays safe. They expect to find 100,000 asteroids in the three years the study is scheduled to take — no word yet on whether they’ll blow any up with explosives.

Chris Gullo