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Astronomy from the Moon: the next decades

Discussion meeting

Location

The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG

Overview

Scientific discussion meeting organised by Professor Joseph Silk FRS, Professor John Zarnecki, Professor Ian Crawford and Dr Martin Elvis.

Observatory on the Moon. Credit: NASA

Low-frequency radio astronomy from the radio-shielded lunar far side can have a unique science impact on cosmology potentially at modest cost. The permanently shadowed lunar craters may offer advantages for passive cooling of infrared telescopes. This meeting will examine these and other potential uses of the Moon as a platform for astronomical observations and the policy implications.

The schedule of talks and speaker biographies are available below. Speaker abstracts will be available closer to the meeting. Recorded audio of the presentations will be available on this page after the meeting has taken place. Meeting papers will be published in a future issue of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A.

Attending this event

This meeting is intended for researchers in relevant field.

  • Free to attend
  • Limited places, advance registration essential
  • An optional lunch can be purchased during registration

Enquiries: contact the Scientific Programmes team

Schedule of talks

18 March

09:00-12:30

Session 1

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09:05-09:30 Speaker tbc

09:30-09:45 Discussion

09:45-10:15 Transformative science from the lunar farside: observations of the dark ages and exoplanetary systems at low radio frequencies

Professor Jack Burns, University of Colorado Boulder, USA

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10:15-10:30 Discussion

10:30-11:00 Coffee

11:00-11:30 Low frequency radio astronomy from the Moon: some developments in China

Professor Xuelei Chen, NAOC, China

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11:30-11:45 Discussion

11:45-12:15 Unveiling the Cosmic Dawn from land, water and the far side

Professor Ravi Subrahmanyan, Raman Research Institute, India

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12:15-12:30 Discussion

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-17:00

Session 2

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Chairs

Professor Ian Crawford, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK

13:30-14:00 Professor Joseph Silk FRS, University of Oxford, UK, Institut Astrophysique de Paris, France and Johns Hopkins University, USA

14:00-14:15 Discussion

14:15-14:45 Towards the Dark Ages with the Netherlands Chinese Low Frequency Explorer

Professor Heino Falcke, Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands

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14:45-15:00 Discussion

15:00-15:30 Coffee

15:30-15:45 Reaching small scales with low frequency imaging

Dr Leah Morabito, Durham University, UK

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15:45-16:00 Dr Kristian Zarb Adami, University of Oxford, UK and L-Università ta' Malta, Malta

16:00-16:15 Discussion

16:15-16:45 Cosmology and fundamental physics from the Moon

Professor Licia Verde, ICREA and Institut de Ciències del Cosmos, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain

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16:45-17:00 Discussion

19 March

09:00-12:30

Session 3

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Chairs

Dr Martin Elvis, Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian, USA

09:00-09:30 Lunar optical interferometry and hypertelescope

Professor Antoine Labeyrie, Collège de France, France

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09:30-09:40 Discussion

09:40-10:05 Speaker tbc

10:05-10:20 Discussion

10:20-10:50 Coffee

10:50-11:20 The lunar surface as recorder of astrophysical processes

Professor Ian Crawford, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK

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11:20-11:30 Discussion

11:30-11:55 Speaker tbc

11:55-12:05 Discussion

12:05-12:30 A new era of lunar exploration and science opportunities

Angeliki Kapoglou, University College London, UK and ESA, The Netherlands

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12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-17:00

Session 4

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Chairs

Professor John Zarnecki, The Open University, UK

13:30-14:00 The Moon and Mars Base Analog (MaMBA): a habitat as part of the scientific infrastructure on the Moon

Dr Christiane Heinicke, ZARM and University of Bremen, Germany

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14:00-14:15 Discussion

14:15-14:45 How robot exploration research could benefit lunar science research: an insight into the activities of the German Aerospace Agency

Dr Armin Wedler, DLR (German Aerospace Center), Robotics and Mechatronics Center, Germany

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14:45-15:00 Discussion

15:00-15:30 Coffee

15:30-16:00 Policy issues for astronomy from the Moon

Dr Martin Elvis, Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian, USA

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16:00-16:15 Discussion

16:15-17:00 Panel discussion

Astronomy from the Moon: the next decades

Scientific discussion meeting organised by Professor Joseph Silk FRS, Professor John Zarnecki, Professor Ian Crawford and Dr Martin Elvis.

The Royal Society, London 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK
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