Radio Astronomy: Spare That Channel

"We should have started shouting back in 1947," says Radio Astronomer Charles Seeger. "But we didn't know then what we had hold of." Anxious to make up for this omission, the University of California scientist was in Washington last week shouting as loud as an amateur lobbyist can, crying for control of a tiny band of frequencies (608-614 megacycles) on the electromagnetic spectrum. Commercial-television men call that band Channel 37, and they long to fill it. Radio astronomers want it kept clear of all interference so that they can listen in peace to the whispering radio...

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