The Electromagnetic Spectrum

  • Released Tuesday, September 20th, 2016
  • Updated Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023 at 1:48PM
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The electromagnetic (EM) spectrum is the range of all types of EM radiation. Radiation is energy that travels and spreads out as it goes – the visible light that comes from a lamp in your house and the radio waves that come from a radio station are two types of electromagnetic radiation. The other types of EM radiation that make up the electromagnetic spectrum are microwaves, infrared light, ultraviolet light, X-rays and gamma-rays.

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