radio astronomy


Definition of radio astronomy

: astronomy dealing with radio waves received from outside the earth's atmosphere

Other Words from radio astronomy

radio astronomer noun
radio astronomical adjective

Examples of radio astronomy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Drake made a number of contributions to radio astronomy, including serving as director of the Arecibo radio telescope facility. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 2 Sep. 2022 But it’s not just radio astronomy that’s doing the heavy lifting. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, 2 Aug. 2022 While browsing through new radio astronomy data collected by CSIRO's Australian Square Kilometer Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) telescope, Kapinska noticed several strange shapes that didn't seem to resemble any known type of object. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 30 Mar. 2022 Projects such as the Africa Millimetre Telescope will help to achieve a larger programme in Africa in astronomy, radio astronomy and engineering, which are needed to help develop the continent, says Sharpe. Sarah Wild, Scientific American, 9 Feb. 2022 Satellites also pose a challenge for radio astronomy, in which images are created with radio waves rather than light. Aylin Woodward, WSJ, 5 Feb. 2022 There are decades of radio astronomy data in the archives of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), and there are still new discoveries lurking within it. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 11 Jan. 2022 Earth is also full of its own radio emissions that can prevent faint signals from being tracked by radio astronomy. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 8 May 2021 Niday was heading out on patrol of Green Bank, West Virginia, to keep tabs on radio noise that might interfere with the half-dozen giant, dish-shaped telescopes looming behind us at the nation’s oldest federal radio astronomy observatory. Stephen Kurczy, Wired, 3 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of radio astronomy

1948, in the meaning defined above

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14 Sep 2022

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“Radio astronomy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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