Want to learn more? Karl Jansky

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


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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