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5: Telescopes

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  • Learning Objectives

    • Describe the principles of optics used in telescopes.
    • Explain the differences between refracting and reflecting telescopes.
    • Understand how radio telescopes work and how they are used.
    • Explain uses of telescopes in space.
    • Explain how other wavelengths, such as infrared, ultraviolet, x-rays, and gamma rays are used in astronomy.
    • Explain other methods for studying the universe, such as gravity wave and neutrino detection. 


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