Lunar Crater Radio Telescope

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Lunar Crater Radio Telescope
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Alternative namesLCRT Edit this at Wikidata
Location(s)far side of the Moon
Telescope styleradio telescope Edit this on Wikidata
Diameter1 km (3,280 ft 10 in) Edit this at Wikidata
Concept of operations for building LCRT.

The Lunar Crater Radio Telescope (LCRT) is a proposal by the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts to create an ultra-long-wavelength (that is, wavelengths greater than 10 m, corresponding to frequencies below 30 MHz) radio telescope inside a lunar crater on the far side of the Moon.[a]

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If completed, the telescope would be the largest filled-aperture radio telescope in the Solar System at 1 kilometre (1,000 m; 3,300 ft; 0.62 mi) in diameter.[1][2]

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  1. ^ Radio telescopes on Earth can't probe the long-wavelength radio waves from the universe's Dark Ages, as the ionosphere reflect them through its layer of ions and electrons.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b O'Neill, Ian J.; Skelly, Clare (5 May 2021). "Lunar Crater Radio Telescope: Illuminating the Cosmic Dark Ages". NASA. Retrieved 6 May 2021.
  2. ^ "Lunar Crater Radio Telescope (LCRT) on the Far-Side of the Moon". NASA. 2020-04-07. Retrieved 2020-04-09.

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