Q: What is the optimum spectrum to visualize things with? Theoretically, which type of vision would be the best to see things with?

Physicist: At the risk of being a smart-ass; it really depends on what you want to see.

Andromeda, the nearest galaxy to the Milky Way, as seen in the infrared, radio, visible, and x-ray parts of the spectrum.

Different wavelengths are good for seeing different things.  Infrared is good for seeing dust, x-rays are good for finding blackholes, novas, and bones.  You want to see stars and pretty much nothing else?  Radio waves.

So the short answer is that there’s no best spectrum for seeing stuff.  But given the choice, I personally would go with x-ray vision.

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3 Responses to Q: What is the optimum spectrum to visualize things with? Theoretically, which type of vision would be the best to see things with?

  1. Stoo says:

    Just out of interest, are those red blobs on the radio spectrum single super-bright stars? Or maybe globular clusters?

    Also interesting how the galaxy looks more like a ring+central blob than a spiral there.

  2. The Physicist Physicist says:

    They’re most likely to be clusters. Generally when a single star is bright enough (in any part of the spectrum) to rival the brightness of the galaxy as a whole, it’s in the middle of blowing up.

  3. Stoggo says:

    “But given the choice, I personally would go with x-ray vision.”But you’d need a friendly helper to carry an x-ray generator that’d enable you to once in a while see more than black. At least on our world…

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