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Why Radio?

Relevant Links: Atmospheric Absorption, NRAO, Very Large Array

In short – atmospheric absorption.

Only VISIBLE & RADIO waves make it all the way to the ground,

X-Rays, UV, IR, etc. get absorbed by our atmosphere.

With Lake Ontario to our North, and Lake Erie to our West, WNY easily makes the cloudiest area of the country (more partly cloudy days than Seattle)!

You cannot use an optical telescope when it’s cloudy, so…..

Switch to a longer Wavelength 😊

The Longer Radio Waves go right through clouds & moisture.

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