Want to learn more? Karl Jansky

Karl Guthe Jansky, the "Father of Radio Astronomy".

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What do penicillin, Velcro and radio astronomy have in common? They were all accidental discoveries! Radio astronomy began some 70 years ago, when a young engineer, Karl Jansky, built a backyard antenna to investigate static caused by thunderstorms and discovered radio signals from outer space by accident.

Cosmic Radio contains 26 programs. Each is two and a half minutes in length, long enough to explain a concept or a notable event in the history of radio astronomy and short enough to focus audience attention.


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