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Thermal Infrared
Thermal Infrared Curve
Wavelength: 10 microns or 0.00001 meters
Energy per photon: 0.1 electron volts
Harmful Effects: Very high intensity can heat up and kill living tissues.

Emitted by:

  • Food warming lights
  • Just about everything at room temperature or above
  • Laser
  • Mammography machines for breast cancer detection

Detected by:

  • Infrared telescopes in space and on airplanes
  • Infrared detectors
  • Your skin
  • Rattlesnakes
  • Night vision devices
  • Infrared movie cameras
SOFIA the Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy. Image courtesy of NASA.


Infrared images. Courtesy of JPL / NASA.
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