Radio Astronomy from Space

Woan, G. (2011) Radio Astronomy from Space. In: Goutelas 2007: Low Frequency Radioastroomy: Instrumentation, Science, Projects, Marcoux, France, 4-8 June 2007, pp. 325-337.

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At frequencies below about 30 MHz, radio astronomy becomes increasingly difficult from the Earth's surface, mainly due to a combination of poor ionospheric seeing and strong terrestrial interference. The obvious move is to space, either as free-flying spacecraft or with a telescope located somewhere on the Moon. All the major space agencies have a renewed interest in the Moon as a site for exploration and science, and low-frequency radio astronomy is probably the strongest of the astronomical objectives put forward in these programmes. Although the Sun is a strong source of interference in extra-solar system work, it is also a prime target for study in itself. A constellation of satellites (as proposed for the SIRA mission) would be able to image both the Sun and the inner heliosphere over the entire low-frequency band. Here we investigate some of the advantages and limitations of astronomy at these very low frequencies, using space- and lunar-based antennas.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Woan, Professor Graham
Authors: Woan, G.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy

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