Examples of Possible Astronomical Research from the Moon

Jean-Pierre Swings
1998 Highlights of Astronomy  
As stressed at the second International Lunar Exploration Working Group meeting (Kyoto, October 1996), the Moon, if kept free from pollution, contains a series of remarkable astronomical sites. In particular the following fields of instrumentation and research emerge :(1) very low frequency radio-astronomical arrays to be located on the lunar far side for surveying an entirely new spectrum, albeit at fairly low angular resolution;(2) interferometers in several wavebands to search for extrasolar
more » ... arch for extrasolar planets as well as to perform other observations (morphological studies e.g.);(3) transit optical telescopes for the detailed observation of dark matter and other targets;(4) millimeter-wave telescopes for high sensitivity cosmic background mapping;(5) infrared telescopes in permanently cryogenic environment (e.g. the lunar South pole);(6) gravitational wave detectors;(7) cosmic-ray and high energy detectors;
doi:10.1017/s1539299600019365 fatcat:dufwq4lar5e7bdodoq5y5ay5n4