Earth and Friends in Multiple Wavelengths

It makes me wonder how many things out there living around us, yet we just cannot perceive them.

Orbiting Frog

REPOST: This was originally written in 2007 but is being reposted because of some discussion it generate elsewhere.

There is a lot more to the universe than the light you and I can pick up with our eyes and brains. Although its a shame that we can’t see them naturally we can use technology to reveal the wavelengths of light normally invisible to us. Visible light is only part of the electromagnetic spectrum (a very small part) and I thought it would be interesting to see some familiar objects in unfamiliar ways.

The electromagnetic spectrum is usually split into seven parts: the radio, microwave, infrared, visible, ultraviolet, x-ray and gamma ray. You can find a good schematic of the EM spectrum over on Wikipedia. We obviously see things in the visible, but some creatures, such as bees, see some of the ultraviolet (one reason there are so many purple…

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