radio telescope


Definition of radio telescope 

: a radio receiver-antenna combination used for observation in radio astronomy

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Between the peaks sits Arecibo Observatory, the 1,000-foot-wide radio telescope where scientists have, since 1963, studied things up above. Sarah Scoles, WIRED, "Puerto Rico's Observatory Is Still Recovering From Hurricane Maria," 15 June 2018 Built at a cost of 4.4 billion rand, MeerKAT will be incorporated into the complex Square Kilometre Array (SKA) instrument, which when fully operational in the late 2020s would be the world’s biggest and most powerful radio telescope. Wendell Roelf, The Christian Science Monitor, "South Africa's MeerKAT telescope will help uncover next space frontier," 13 July 2018 Using the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA), consisting of 66 radio telescopes in northern Chile, astronomers were able to precisely measure the velocities of gases swirling in HD 163296's protoplanetary disk. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Three Newborn Planets Discovered Around an Infant Star," 13 June 2018 In 2016, China completed construction on the world’s largest single-dish radio telescope. Mike Ives, New York Times, "As America Looks Inward, China Looks to Outer Space," 23 May 2018 For the past two years, the most powerful radio telescope in the world has been located in China. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "China Is Building the World's Largest Steerable Radio Telescope," 29 Jan. 2018 To learn more, the team periodically monitored the repeater across several months using two of the world’s largest radio telescopes, Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico and the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia. Lee Billings, Scientific American, "Dead Stars Orbiting Black Holes May Explain Mysterious Fast Radio Bursts," 10 Jan. 2018 To understand glitches, a team of astronomers arranged to track the Vela pulsar for a period of three years using two radio telescopes (the Mount Pleasant observatory in Tasmania and the Ceduna Observatory on the Australian continent). John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Three years of staring lets scientists capture a neutron star “glitch”," 11 Apr. 2018 Now, a team of astronomers has taken another look using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), a collection of 64 radio telescopes in Chile, in 2016 and 2017. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, "Distant galaxy hints at universe’s earliest stars," 16 May 2018

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1947, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of radio telescope

: a piece of equipment that receives radio waves from space and that is used for finding stars and other objects

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