Questions about observation performed in the radio frequency range of the electromagnetic spectrum (between 10 MHz and 1GHz).

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Is there a cosmic, rather than technological, upper limit to what a telescope can resolve?

Space radio interferometers could have a baseline of millions of kilometers, but is there a point where a larger baseline doesn't improve the resolution anymore because the photons observed are ...
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Is there any astronomical phenomena that could emit strong radio waves with multiples of a discrete frequency?

In the New Scientist article Is this ET? Mystery of strange radio bursts from space, it is reported that several times since 2001, astronomers have detected fast radio bursts that seem to have a ...
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What (actually) is a radio “homology telescope” and will the 500m dish in China be one?

This question is about design aspects of large radio telescope dishes which allow them to flex under the influence of gravity as they change elevation angle, and still maintain good optical ...
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What is the highest granularity focal-plane array on a dish radio telescope?

There is a short Wikipedia article Focal Plane Arrays that enumerates some projects, but my question is more along the lines of what is (at least) nearly complete or in "first light" phase, even if ...
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How to calculate the total flux of a source from a fits file?

My fits file is a spire 250micron image that has data units of Jy/beam . I injected a source into it with a peak intensity 20Jy and fwhm(3,3). How can I calculate the total flux of the source? Please ...
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Which frequency should be used to communicate with a cube satellite?

I am trying to build a cube satellite using a raspberry Pi. I am trying to figure out which radio frequency could be used to communicate with the cube sat to transfer data like images, videos, ...
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How to create synthetic test images of stars?

Is there any python/IDL code available to create synthetic test images of stars with and without background noise?
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Use every of our TV dishes as a radio-telescope?

Does anyone knows if it were possible to use all the ground bases TV dishes lots of people have on their homes be usable as a radio-telescope if we put all of them together? Would this have any ...
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How will the Breakthrough Initiatives affect other astronomy observations?

BACKGROUND The Breakthrough Initiatives is in the news because of a $100 million private donation for a SETI project. It doesn't seem to be for building any new observatory (but maybe for buying ...