History of infrared telescopes and astronomy

@article{Rieke2009HistoryOI,
  title={History of infrared telescopes and astronomy},
  author={George H. Rieke},
  journal={Experimental Astronomy},
  year={2009},
  volume={25},
  pages={125-141}
}
  • G. Rieke
  • Published 20 February 2009
  • Physics
  • Experimental Astronomy
The first attempts to measure the infrared outputs of stars preceded by nearly a century the permanent establishment of infrared astronomy as an important aspect of the field. There were a number of false starts in that century, significant efforts that had little impact on the astronomical community at large. Why did these efforts fizzle out? What was different in the start that did not fizzle, in the 1960s? I suggest that the most important advances were the success of radio astronomy in… 

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