The Invisible Universe

The Story of Radio Astronomy

  • Gerrit Verschuur

Part of the Astronomers' Universe book series (ASTRONOM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  20. Back Matter
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About this book


Hidden from human view, accessible only to sensitive receivers attached to huge radio telescopes, the invisible universe beyond our senses continues to fascinate and intrigue our imaginations. Closer to home, in the Milky Way galaxy, radio astronomers listen patiently to the ticking of pulsars that tell of star death and states of matter of awesome densities. All of this happens out there in the universe hidden from our eyes, even when aided by the Hubble Space Telescope. This is the story of radio astronomy, of how radio waves are generated by stars, supernova, quasars, colliding galaxies and by the very beginnings of the universe itself. The author discusses what radio astronomers are doing in the New Mexico desert, in a remote valley in Puerto Rico, and in the green Pocahontas Valley in West Virginia, as well as dozens of other remote sites around the world. With each of these observatories, the scientists collect and analyze their data, "listening" to the radio signals from space in order to learn what, or perhaps who, is out there as well. The author specifically highlights enormous changes that have occurred in the field over the past 50 years, including the political reality of radio astronomy and what that could mean for the future.


ALMA and Star Forming Regions Galactic Radio Nebulae Interstellar Hydrogen Interstellar Molecules Quasar Generated Radio Waves Radio Astronomy Explained Radio Signals from Space SETI and Radio Astronomy Star Death The Big Bang

Authors and affiliations

  • Gerrit Verschuur
    • 1
  1. 1.ArlingtonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-13421-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-13422-2
  • Series Print ISSN 1614-659X
  • Series Online ISSN 2197-6651
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