Solar system, low frequency radio astronomy from the moon
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AbstractRadio astronomy, particularly radio astronomy at low frequencies (< 100 MHz) is becoming more and more difficult to operate from Earth-based observatories because of the proliferation of manmade interferences. At frequencies lower than 10 MHz, observations are rarely possible,or impossible, because of the opacity of the terrestial ionosphere. An observatory on the Moon is an ideal place for low frequency, solar system radio astronomy. The highly magnetized planets have been shown to produce powerful low frequency radio emissions. A broadband and sensitive radiotelescope, having an high spectral resolution capability, would allow correlative studies of these radiations and their relation with the solar activity. Monitoring of the solar radio emissions and in situ measurements when the Moon moves in the Solar wind or inside the terrestial magnetosphere, will also be subjects of great interest.

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