Why is the electromagnetic spectrum important?

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It is important because it furnishes information about the composition, the temperature and maybe the mass or relative velocity of the body that emits or absorbs it.

An electromagnetic spectrum contains a series of different radiations that are emitted (emission spectrum) or absorbed (absorption spectrum) by a body and are characterized by frequencies and intensities.

Depending on the composition and temperature of the body, the spectrum can be formed by a continuum, by discrete zones of a continuums (bands) or by a number of sharp lines like a bar code. This latter is the most rich of information.