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Radio telescope

A radio telescope is a form of radio receiver used in astronomy.

In contrast to an "ordinary" telescope, which receives visible light, a radio telescope "sees" radio waves emitted by radio sources, typically by means of a large parabolic ("dish") antenna, or arrays of them.

Many celestial objects, such as pulsars or active galaxies (like quasars), produce radio-frequency radiation and so are best "visible" or even only visible in the radio region of electromagnetic spectrum.

By examining the frequency, power and timing of radio emissions from these objects, astronomers can improve our understanding of the Universe.

Radio telescopes are also the primary means to track space probes, and are used in the SETI project.

Note:   The above text is excerpted from the Wikipedia article "Radio telescope", which has been released under the GNU Free Documentation License.
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