Glossary term: Ultraviolet

Description: Ultraviolet radiation, abbreviated "UV", is electromagnetic radiation made up of elementary waves with wavelengths between 10 and 380 nanometers. This lies between X-rays and visible light. Most UV radiation from astronomical objects is absorbed by Earth's atmosphere, so UV astronomy necessarily requires space telescopes, such as the Hubble Space Telescope or more specialized observatories like GALEX. UV radiation can be used to study hot, young stars, determine the chemical composition of the interstellar medium, study solar activity and our Sun's corona, or explore certain properties of active galactic nuclei.

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