Exploring The Universe From The Moon

Professor Jack O. Burns, Ph.D. Image Credit: Jack O. Burns

Professor Jack O. Burns, Ph.D. Image Credit: Jack O. Burns

March 4, 2015 – On Monday, March 16, Professor Jack O. Burns, Ph.D will present a public lecture at the Chautauqua Community House as part of the Space Series. Prof. Burns will discuss how researchers are able to explore the universe from the moon, and how that has changed since the end of NASA’s Apollo missions.

Over the last decade, new spacecraft have orbited the Moon, gathered new data and provided insights into the origin of the Earth’s nearest neighbor. Water ice has been discovered inside craters at the poles of the Moon. This new information has re-established the Moon as a more important destination for space exploration and as a stepping stone to human missions to Mars.

Prof. Burns will describe research on a new radio telescope for the radio-quiet lunar far side – operating at frequencies below the FM radio band — that will allow scientists to probe the birth of the first stars and galaxies in the early universe.

The Moon holds the keys to understanding how the Earth-Moon system formed along with the origin of the first objects to “light up” the Universe.

Professor Jack Burns is leading CU-Boulder’s involvement in the $6.5 million NASA-funded Lunar Science Institute “LUNAR” to study gravitational physics, solar physics and particle acceleration, and low-frequency cosmology applied to times when the universe was in its infancy. Burns is the Vice President Emeritus for Academic Affairs & Research and Director, of the NASA/NLSI LUNAR Center at the University of Colorado Boulder.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit the Chautauqua Website.