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...

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...

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...

Illustration of radio telescope on the Moon. Credit NASA/JPL
NASA eyes moon's dark side for astronomy, new telescopes

May 19, 2021

From UPI: NASA scientists, as well as astronomers around the world, plan to install lunar observatories in the next few years to peer into the universe's ancient past -- just after the Big Bang. Science equipment headed to the moon already includes a spectrometer built for launch in early 2022,...

The FARSIDE telescope and its attendant rovers would reach the moon using Blue Origin’s Blue Moon lander. (Credit: Courtesy Caltech/JPL)
A Telescope On The Moon Could Illuminate The Dark Ages Of The Universe

May 15, 2021

From Discover: Some 13.8 billion years ago, our universe burst into being. In a fraction of a second, it ballooned from subatomic to the size of a grapefruit. And as the cosmos grew and grew, it also cooled, until the building blocks of matter — subatomic particles called quarks and...

Artist illustration of DAPPER mission and the Moon
Exploring the far side of the Moon and beyond with NESS

April 23, 2021

From Innovation News Network: NASA has created the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI), bringing together teams of researchers who are interested in the Moon, asteroids, and the moons of Mars, airless bodies in Earth’s neighbourhood. Most of the teams involved in SSERVI are therefore interested in areas such...

From The Tundra: FarView: One-Of-A-Kind Lunar Observatory Screen Shot with Jack Burns
FarView: One-Of-A-Kind Lunar Observatory

March 18, 2021

From The Tundra: Lunar Resources, Inc., of Houston, Texas, and the University of Colorado Boulder are launching a new research effort to lay the groundwork for a one-of-a-kind lunar radio astronomy observatory called the Lunar Farside Radio Observatory, or FarView—a network of hundreds of miles of antennas constructed on the...

Fraser Cain and Jack Burns discussion on YouTube
The Lunar FARSIDE Telescope

March 16, 2021

From Universe Today: Fraser Cain spoke with Dr. Jack Burns, the Principle Investigator for the Lunar FARSIDE telescope about installing a radio telescope on the farside of the Moon that would be capable of observing the first stars and black holes during the Dark Ages and Epoch of Reionization. Watch...

Artist's depiction of a robot laying out an antenna on the lunar surface. (Credit- Lunar Resources)
NASA-funded project to explore one-of-a-kind lunar observatory

March 1, 2021

From CU Boulder Today : Lunar Resources, Inc. , of Houston, Texas, and the University of Colorado Boulder are launching a new research effort to lay the groundwork for a one-of-a-kind lunar radio astronomy observatory —a network of hundreds of miles of antennas constructed on the far side of the...

Artist illustration of the Dark Ages Polarimetry Pathfinder (DAPPER), which will look for faint radio signals from the early universe while operating in a low lunar orbit. Its specialized radio receiver and high-frequency antenna are currently being developed by NRAO. Credit: NRAO/AUI/NSF, Sophia Dagnello
A Roadmap for Science on the Moon

Sept. 30, 2020

From CU Boulder Today: Scientists at CU Boulder have laid out a roadmap for a decade of scientific research at the moon. Teams from the university will participate in four upcoming or proposed space missions that seek to use the moon as a unique laboratory for peering back to the...