radio telescope


Definition of radio telescope

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

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The new radio telescope at the Mullard Radio Astronomy Observatory was finished in July 1967, and the team immediately began taking data. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Jocelyn Bell Burnell wins $3 million prize for discovering pulsars," 6 Sep. 2018 FRBs are frequently picked up on radio telescopes though their exact origins aren’t fully understood. Fox News, "Radio telescope picks up new frequency in space," 3 Aug. 2018 In the fumarole, the volcano’s secondary vent, Turrell imagines a brass bath where transducers hooked to a radio telescope will broadcast the sounds of passing planets and the Milky Way underwater. Jay Cheshes, WSJ, "James Turrell’s New Masterpiece in the Desert," 14 Jan. 2019 On the upside, this is the sort of observation that can piggyback on radio telescope sky surveys and slowly build up data from multiple sources and multiple observations. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Pulsars could convert dark matter into something we could see," 20 Dec. 2018 Canada’s new radio telescope has picked up a mysterious signal from deep in space with a frequency so low, it’s never been detected before. Fox News, "Radio telescope picks up new frequency in space," 3 Aug. 2018 One plan calls for a swarm of 50 small satellites to orbit together on the far side of the moon, shielded from Earth’s electromagnetic interference, as a radio telescope mapping signals from the instant after the Big Bang. Robert Lee Hotz, WSJ, "Headed to Mars: A Big Experiment in Tiny Satellites," 22 Nov. 2018 The radio telescope data—specifically the distance between the site of emissions during the two observations—favors the latter, provided that one of the jets is pointed close to straight at Earth (at a 30° angle or less). John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Neutron-star merger blasted a jet of material through the debris," 5 Sep. 2018 The Deep Space Network consists of three stations of enormous radio telescope receivers placed around the globe in California, Spain, and Australia. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Farewell to the Greatest Space Mission of Our Time," 11 Sep. 2017

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1947, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of radio telescope

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

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