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Gamma Ray
Gamma Ray Curve
Wavelength: 0.001 nanometers
Energy per photon: more than 100,000 electron volts
Harmful Effects: Can cause cancer, radiation sickness.

Emitted by:

  • Radioactive materials
  • Nuclear weapons
  • Gamma ray bursts and other astronomical sources

Detected by:

  • Military satellites with gamma ray detectors looking for nuclear tests
  • Astronomical satellites looking for gamma ray bursts
Image courtesy of the U.S. Department of Defense.
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