CELL PHONES: Questions and Answers • Cellular Phone Task Force

CELL PHONES: Questions and Answers • Cellular Phone Task Force

CELL PHONES: Questions and Answers

by Arthur Firstenberg 

How much radiation does a cell phone emit, compared to what exists in nature?

If Neil Armstrong had brought a cell phone to the moon in 1969, it would have appeared from earth to be the brightest object in the universe in the microwave spectrum. In the daytime, the sun would have been brighter, but at night, the cell phone would have outshone every star.

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There is a reason cell phones are outlawed in Green Bank, West Virginia: even a single cell phone, even from miles away, would blind the radio astronomers there and make it impossible for them to see the stars. Astronomers measure radio waves in units called janskys.

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