Grote Reber

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Grote Reber, inspired by Jansky's discovery of radio radiation coming from the center of the Milky Way, built his own radio telescope in his back yard in Illinois to study this radiation. Reber was able to confirm Jansky's discovery by using a receiver at 160 MHz (1.9 meters wavelength) to detect radio emission from the Milky Way in 1938. Reber confirmed that the amount of radiation was strongest in the direction of the center of the Milky Way, and also discovered bright radio sources in Cygnus and Cassiopeia for the first time. For more information on Reber's antenna and his discoveries, please visit Frank Ghigo's Reber web site or the NRAO Archive of Grote Reber's papers.

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