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gordo
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Radio astronomy

Postby gordo » Wed Nov 21, 2012 10:31 pm UTC

I've always had an interest in anything related to astronomy and space (I'm probably not the only one...). However, ever since a first-year university class on signal processing and a side-track second-year class on cosmology, I've developed a particular interest in radio astronomy.

A friend of me lent me a copy of "Interferometry and Synthesis in Radio Astronomy" by Thompson, Moran and Swenson, from which I am now reading up on the math and science behind radio astronomy. I'm planning to do some simulations in Python to familiarize myself with the concepts. Cool stuff.

Anyway, anyone else interesting in these kind of things? Any pointers to interesting sources of knowledge?

By the way, the same friend gave me a Vivaldi antenna. Any thoughts on how to make proper use of this? (I wish I had more of them... ;))

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