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The Electromagnetic Radiation. (Light – the Supreme Informant!). More than meets the eye!. The Electromagnetic Spectrum. Examples from Space!. Wavelength. The distance from one wave crest to the next Radio waves have longest wavelength and Gamma rays have shortest!. Wavelength Units.

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the electromagnetic radiation
The Electromagnetic Radiation

(Light – the Supreme Informant!)

wavelength
Wavelength
  • The distance from one wave crest to the next
  • Radio waves have longest wavelength and Gamma rays have shortest!
wavelength units
Wavelength Units
  • Meters (like on last slide and in book, p. 613)
    • More commonly in nanometers (1 nm = 10-9meters)
  • Angstroms still used
    • Named for Swedish Astronomer who first named these wavelengths
    • 1 nanometer = 10 Ao
how light or electromagnetic radiation is used in astronomy
How light or electromagnetic radiation is used in Astronomy
  • Astronomers use a tool called a spectroscope to separate starlight into its colors – in this way, they can tell what a star is made of, its temperature, luminosity and so on…
  • Astronomers can look at astronomical objects at different wavelengths…