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Can Radio Waves Be Converted to Something We Can “See”?

29 May 2014, 01:32 UTC
Can Radio Waves Be Converted to Something We Can “See”?
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Question: Is it possible to view radio waves being transmitted on Earth? Is there a device that can place them within “visible light” on the electromagnetic spectrum? I’m doing research for a photographic project. Thank you! – Shane
Answer: In many ways a radio telescope turns radio waves into something that we can “see” with our eyes, in the form of spectra and images of the radio emission from objects in our universe. In detail, that process of turning radio wave signals into “data” that astronomers can interpret involves translating the radio waves from their original form into a form that a computer or other electronic device can read and help astronomers interpret.
Jeff Mangum

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