radio telescope


Definition of radio telescope

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

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Recent Examples on the Web China has the world’s largest radio telescope and the first Moon rocks in 45 years. Dennis Normile, Science | AAAS, "China’s premier astronomy and planetary resources lure foreign collaborators," 1 Apr. 2021 At the time, the largest radio telescope, near Manchester, England, had a diameter of two hundred and fifty feet; Arecibo’s telescope would be a thousand feet wide, dwarfing every other such instrument in use. Daniel Alarcón, The New Yorker, "The Collapse of Puerto Rico’s Iconic Telescope," 29 Mar. 2021 In the new study, Miller-Jones and his colleagues analyzed observations of Cygnus X-1 from the Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA), a giant radio telescope made of 10 dishes scattered across the U.S. Charles Q. Choi, Scientific American, "Astronomers Just Upsized an Iconic Black Hole," 24 Feb. 2021 The world’s second largest radio telescope collapsed on Tuesday. Mary Fillmore, Wired, "The Arecibo Observatory Is More Than Just a Telescope," 3 Dec. 2020 It was initially discovered in April 2019 by the Parkes 210-foot radio telescope in Sydney, Australia. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "Researchers looking for aliens discover strange radio signal from nearest star system to the sun," 22 Dec. 2020 Dramatic video released Thursday shows the catastrophic failure of a support cable and the subsequent 450-foot plunge of a 900-ton lattice-like instrument platform onto the iconic Arecibo radio telescope's huge dish antenna. William Harwood, CBS News, "Dramatic video shows collapse at iconic Arecibo Observatory," 3 Dec. 2020 One of the great icons of human curiosity, the Arecibo radio telescope, is going to be torn down, the National Science Foundation, its owner, announced today. Dennis Overbye, New York Times, "Arecibo Observatory, a Great Eye on the Cosmos, Is Going Dark," 19 Nov. 2020 The researchers made their discovery thanks to the Low Frequency Array (LOFAR), a radio telescope in the Netherlands. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "Mysterious radio signal detected from exoplanet in deep space: Could give new 'way to examine alien worlds'," 18 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of radio telescope

1947, in the meaning defined above

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“Radio telescope.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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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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