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Wein's Displacement Law explains the difference between long and shortwave radiation. Shortwave radiation has shorter, more high energy wavelengths (stronger with less distance to travel) while longwave radiation travels farther, but has less energy. Earth's radiation is 20 times longer than the maximum solar radiation, so it is referred to as longwave, while solar energy is referred to as shortwave radiation.

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Yes, the Sun generates electromagnetic radiation in every frequency band from the longest radio waves (lowest frequencies) all the way through radio, UHF, SHF, IR, light, UV, and all the way up to gamma radiation.

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