Exotic Space

  • Will Gater
Part of the Astronomers' Universe book series (ASTRONOM)


We see the universe in visible light. That is, our eyes can detect the wavelengths of light between violet at one end and red at the other of a very narrow slice of the whole spectrum that is called electromagnetic radiation. Some birds and insects, bees for instance, see extremely well at ultraviolet wavelengths. If you ever see an image of a blooming flower taken in the UV then you will understand why. In many flowers, the patterns on their petals appear like targets for the little stripy nectar gatherers. In fact, bees could make some pretty interesting astronomical observations if it was not for the fact that our atmosphere is opaque (thankfully) to ultraviolet radiation and blocks most of it from reaching Earth’s surface. That is why most of our understanding of the UV universe has come from observatories high above Earth’s atmosphere.


Black Hole Dark Matter Dark Energy Large Hadron Collider Neutron Star 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Will Gater
    • 1
  1. 1.DevonUK

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