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# Does all waves need a medium to travel through?

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Waves relying on physical movement of materials like those of sound or those sen in water require a medium. Electromagnetic (Light, radio, microwaves, etc.) and gravitational waves can travel without a medium in the vacuum of space. This allows us to see the stars and planets. Scientists originally felt there was an "ether" a mysterious material filling space two allow this transmission but this was eventually disproved.

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No. Electromagnetic waves need nothing.

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