Microwaves are invisible, so you can't see them inside microwave oven, but their presence can be detected with neon lamps. The changing electromagnetic field from the microwaves will make charged particles move, and so the electrons in the metal legs will move creating current. This current makes the lamps glow. I drilled a grid in a piece of 1/4 inch acrylic and slipped the lamps in. I bought the lamps here, but Tom Senior found a better price here. As the platter turns, the lamps light up showing where the microwaves are the strongest.
My grid is based on another group's work.