Photo of the far side of the Moon with the earth in the background
Far Side The Moon’s Use as a New Astronomical Site

April 12, 2022

From Space News Show Daily: Far Side The Moon’s Use as a New Astronomical Site Read page 1 and page 2 of this special digital edition.

The moon rises over the Continental Divide seen from near Berthoud Pass, Tuesday evening, Oct. 27, 2020. Credit CPR News Hart Van Denburg
A busy year in space

Feb. 16, 2022

From CPR News Colorado Matters: This year is shaping up to be a critical year in space development. NASA is headed back to the moon and private companies are getting into the action like never before. We speak with astronomer Doug Duncan, who is back for our regular conversation on...

Artist illustration of NASA's Orion Spacecraft is slated to carry the first humans to leave Earth's orbit in more than 50 years. Credit NASA
Not your grandparents’ Apollo: Planetarium film captures NASA’s new moon missions

Feb. 16, 2022

From CU Boulder Today: The Fiske Planetarium at CU Boulder is headed Forward! To the Moon. This Friday, the planetarium will host the public premier of a new science film—a 30-minute adventure into the Artemis Program, NASA’s campaign to send human and robotic astronauts to the surface of the moon...

Photo of the moon and earth - Image credit NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio by Ernie Wright
Moon group pushes for protection of ultraquiet lunar far side

Feb. 14, 2022

From The international scientific community has long been discussing the need to keep the far side of the moon free from human-made radio frequency intrusion. Doing so can make possible observations of the unexplored early epochs of the universe known as the dark ages and cosmic dawn, scientists say...

Artist illustration of the LuSEE DAPPER craft on the lunar surface
The Lunar Frontier

Oct. 18, 2021

From Sky & Telescope: Radio wavelengths give astronomers access to an unseen universe, from stellar flares to jets launched from supermassive black holes. But arguably, we have yet to take advantage of the best place in the inner solar system for low-frequency radio astronomy: the Moon. The lunar farside always...

Robot lays out an antenna on the lunar surface. Credit- Lunar Resources
Moon’s Far Side: New Observatories Proposed

Sept. 24, 2021

From Leonard David’s Inside Outer Space: Earth’s Moon is being eyed as an on-location locale for operating unique and novel observatories. The just-concluded NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) symposium was the setting for reviewing several NIAC-backed studies. One concept outlined at NIAC is the Lunar Crater Radio Telescope (LCRT) on...

Schrödinger crater on the Moon’s far side is a target for a seismometer and a radio telescope. Photo Credit: NASA GSFC Scientific Visualization Studio
The Coming Lunar Armada: A fleet of NASA-funded startups will soon begin to land on the Moon

Sept. 9, 2021

From Science: Next year, NASA’s first mission to the lunar surface in 50 years will be run from an unlikely place: a low-slung building wedged between fast-food joints just off the Ohio River. This unassuming former data center in Pittsburgh is the new home of Astrobotic, one of a few...

ages”—the few hundred million years after the Big Bang but before stars were formed. They’re reflected by Earth’s ionosphere. Photo by: VLADIMIR VUSTYANSKY
It’s Time NASA Built A ‘Cosmic Dawn’ Telescope On The Moon—And It Has Four Astonishing Plans To Choose From

July 28, 2021

From Forbes: Let’s do astronomy from the Moon. Spurred on by the collapse of the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico, the continuing degradation of the night sky by light pollution and the coming era of mega-constellations of satellites come four projects that seek to take astronomy to the Moon’s...

Photo of Jack Burns with SOS Moon in the background
Astrophysicist elected to International Academy of Astronautics

July 21, 2021

From CU Colorado Arts and Sciences Magazine: Jack O. Burns, a professor of astrophysics and professor of physics at the University of Colorado Boulder, has been elected to the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), the group has announced. Membership in the exclusive organization requires election by academy peers. IAA members...

Illustration of a radio telescope in a lunar crater by Vladimir Vustyansky.
NASA Might Put a Huge Telescope on the Far Side of the Moon

June 15, 2021

From WIRED: The universe is constantly beaming its history to us. For instance: Information about what happened long, long ago, contained in the long-length radio waves that are ubiquitous throughout the universe, likely hold the details about how the first stars and black holes were formed. There’s a problem, though...