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Stargazing Lecture

Friday, September 29, 2023
8:00pm to 10:00pm
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Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics
FARSIDE: Exploring the Cosmos from the Moon
Nivedita Mahesh, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Astronomy, Caltech,
  • Public Event

Stargazing is dependent on clear weather, but lecture and Q&A happen regardless. Event will occur in-person, with lecture and Q&A additionally live-streamed on YouTube.

For remote viewers, the event will be live-streamed here:

8:00–8:45 p.m. - Public Lecture
8:45–9:45 p.m. - Panel Q&A and Guided Stargazing

NASA's planned return to the moon is promising for radio astronomers, too. In this talk, I will discuss two NASA mission concepts to place a low-frequency radio array on the far side of the moon. I will describe what unique astronomical science can be done with a radio telescope on the lunar farside. Then, we will look at the details of two planned radio telescope concepts, how they will be constructed by robots and operated autonomously. Finally, I will give an update on a precursor radio telescope that will fly to the Moon by the end of this year.

About the Series

Stargazing Lectures are free lectures at a public level followed by a Q&A panel and guided stargazing with telescopes (weather permitting). All events are held at the Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics at Caltech and are Free and open to all. No reservations are needed. Lectures are 30 minutes; stargazing and panel Q&A last 60 minutes. Stay only as long as you want.

Stargazing is only possible with clear skies, but the lecture and panel Q&A take place regardless of weather.

For directions, weather updates, and more information, please visit:

For more information, please contact Cameron Hummels by email at [email protected].