radio telescope

noun

Definition of radio telescope

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

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Traditional radio telescopes use parabolic dishes as reflectors, which gather radiation and focus it on a specific point. Daniel Oberhaus, WIRED, "New Space Telescopes Could Look Like Giant Beach Balls," 11 June 2019 The researchers used half a dozen radio telescopes, including the ALMA telescope in Chile and the James Clerk Maxwell telescope in Hawaii, to stare at Sagittarius A* over the past two years. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "We Might Be About to See the First Ever Photo of a Black Hole," 1 Apr. 2019 More than a historic curiosity, the finding matters because ionospheric disturbances can disrupt key communications technology, including GPS systems, radio telescopes, and radio communications. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "World War II bombings weakened upper atmosphere at edge of space," 25 Sep. 2018 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

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1947, in the meaning defined above

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radio telescope

noun

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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