====== Introduction ====== Welcome to our website! It presents the latest progress and plans to use the Moon for astronomical research. The idea is to start a global coordination and information exchange concerning lunar-based astronomy and have such a group active over the coming years as the lunar programme materializes. This website is under development. Please [[a.aminaei@astro.ru.nl|send]] your comments and suggestions. You are welcome to participate in [[Discussion:Open Discussion about Lunar Radio Astronomy]]. ====== A Lunar Radio Telescope on the Moon ====== Moon becomes accessible for scientific purposes within a global robotic or human space exploration programme. The most obvious candidate for an astronomical usage of the lunar surface is low-frequency astronomy. This area is currently receiving wide-spread attention. Large ground-based radio arrays such as LOFAR are built down to ~30 MHz. At even lower frequencies the universe is as yet completely unchartered. Due to the ionospheric cut-off of the Earth at 10-30 MHz observations at lower frequencies would have to be conducted from space and shielded from Earth’s strong Auroral Kilometric Radio (AKR) emission. This strongly favours a lunar far-side location over a formation-flight solution. Also, even at higher frequencies the moon offers a unique location for high-dynamic range imaging, due to the virtual absence of an ionosphere (ionospheric cut-off ~0.1 MHz). We here consider a small and a medium-sized lunar radio telescope projects which would provide ground breaking science: * [[Projects:LRX|The Lunar Radio Explorer (LRX)]] - A tripole antenna - Two-element interferometer * [[Projects:Lufar|A Lunar LOFAR ]] - thirtythree-element intereferometer

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