Would the far side of the moon be a good place to build a radio telescope, one bigger than the one in Puerto Rico?
- 4 weeks ago
Best possible place.
- Ronald 7Lv 74 weeks ago
It would Blot out a lot of Chatter that is constantly coming from Earth
- DixonLv 74 weeks ago
Opictally, yes. Everything else, no.
- Jeffrey KLv 64 weeks ago
Absolutely. That would be the very best place to do radio Astronomy. The moon would block all man made signals. There would be total radio silence. Someday, perhaps soon, an antenna will be built on the moon.
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- 4 weeks ago
The cost would make it impossible to finance. And the results would scarcely justify even a fraction of the cost. It's all about papers published and citations per million dollars spent. That money would be far better spent on other projects that would return far more science for the dollar.
What astronomy really needs right now is to show the public that meaningful results are being achieved for precious tax dollars spent. It has been done before. The Hubble scope is a shining example. A replacement for Hubble would be a good place to start, and not some absurdly expensive instrument costing over ten billion dollars with no imminent prospects of launch.
Spending trillions on some piece of esoterica on the backside of the moon whose results are incomprehensible to those who are forced to finance it would not go well, and would only fuel the anti-science movement.
- UserLv 74 weeks ago
- CarolOklaLv 74 weeks ago
YES. So would be building several large radio telescopes to make a radio telescope as wide as the Moon. Of course the infrastructure to mine and refine all the raw materials that will require will have to be built first. Getting anything out of Earth's gravity well is VERY expensive. This is going to take decades.
- billrussell42Lv 74 weeks ago
yes, but a bit expensive to maintain...