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February 16-22, 2015 / Vol 34, No 7 / Hawai`i Island, USA

13 Feb 2015, 21:07 UTC
February 16-22, 2015 / Vol 34, No 7 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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Astronomy from the Moon Validation Inspiring Next Steps of Exploration, Science & Enterprise

Chang’e-3 Lunar Ultraviolet Telescope – now in Lunar Night 15 – continues to send back unprecedented views of the cosmos from its unique vantage point, and with several International / Independent projects in development, the potential future for astronomy from the Moon has never been more exciting. The 150-mm diameter near ultraviolet telescope is the payload that has operated the longest and obtained the most data since the December 14, 2013 Chang’e-3 Moon landing. LUT has taken tens of thousands of images including collecting data on variable stars and imaging spiral galaxy M101 in collaboration with ILOA. Chang’e-3 data has also found that there is 100 times less water in the thin lunar atmosphere than previously believed, reinforcing that the Moon is an even more pristine venue for astronomy. Principal Investigator Jianyan Wei reports that NAOC will soon be releasing a catalog of all sky objects imaged by LUT. Future astronomy from the Moon projects are advancing as scientists continue to call for a radio telescope at the Moon’s radio-quiet far side, and as ILOA progresses on its mission to land and operate a multifunctional observatory near ...

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