Infrared waves are commonly referred to has heat rays. Heat is in fact infrared radiation. Hold your hand next to a hot stove. Do you feel the heat radiating off of the stove and traveling towards your hand? If our eyes could see infrared radiation, what would it look like? You would see anything that produces heat, including plants and animals, no matter how dark it was. On average, the Sun produces very little infrared radiation compared to the amount of ultraviolet radiation and visible light that it creates.