Radio telescope on the far side of the moon is switched on for the first time to begin its investigation into the Big Bang and how the universe began
A new radio telescope on the far side of the moon has been switched on for the first time to begin its investigation into the Big Bang and how the universe began.
The Dutch telescope, sitting on a Chinese satellite, has started observations from behind the moon after being activated by scientists.
Known as the Netherlands-China Low Frequency Explorer (NCLE), it was sent to the moon as part of the Chinese Chang'e 4 mission.
It is a prototype built to record weak radio signals from a period just following the Big Bang, called the Dark Ages, and could point to the origins of the universe.
These signals are blocked by the Earth’s atmosphere, which is why the telescope was placed on a satellite and brought to a location behind the moon.
The equipment for the telescope is on the Chinese National Space Administration (CNSA) satellite called QueQiao and is about 280,000miles from Earth.
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Longlivedixie, Arkansas, United States, 3 days ago
What a utter waste of money and resources. It is profoundly esoteric and irrelevant what happened in the Big Bang's first few microseconds. Won't change the world for the better one tiny bit. Use resources in scientific efforts that may actually help the world in a REAL sense!
The Truth is....., Everywhere, United States, 4 days ago
Nah, they're just looking for the origin of moonshine.
Ray Vonn, Brighton , United Kingdom, 5 days ago
there are many other reasons for going to the moon but it has nothing at all to do with finding out about the big bang !!!
Ricardoh, Walnut Creek CA USA, 5 days ago
As in a billion of things in space they will never discover the beginning of the universe. It is an unobtainable goal.
Seemsritetome, Christchurch, United Kingdom, 5 days ago
it's going to be a long, long investigation if it's looking for evidence of the so-called Big Bang.
malchee, Ipswich , United Kingdom, 5 days ago
Why do we need to know? What difference will knowing make to our lives? Zilch.
Tonybe, Rugby, United Kingdom, 5 days ago
Ive an awful feeling they might regret turning that telescope on on the far side of the moon. This is where that God character resides, and he wont be happy. Maybe? Ok, perhaps not!
Henry_8th, Bedford, United Kingdom, 5 days ago
This is quite fantastic I think. All telescopes, radio and visual should be on the moon or satellites. Less earth pollutions.
null, 5 days ago
No understanding how this make to understand the universe. Big band theory is just an assumption.
ChocAddict, London, United Kingdom, 5 days ago
Why??? Such a waste of money.
AC, French in London, United Kingdom, 5 days ago
There are now theories that the Big Bang never happened, and that the universe has always existed and will exist forever. I like that theory. No beginning, no end. It will throw a few people off.
Bertsmith, Manila, Andorra, 5 days ago
Miles, the fact, or otherwise, thst the universe is expanding is open to question. Whether there is a central point is aslo questionable. Learn your physics.
Miles Militis, Somewhere, United Kingdom, 5 days ago
With such forward thinking, aliens will soon be out sourcing their work to China, and then travel in craft made from sub-standard metals, and cheap plastic.
Andy, Dundee, United Kingdom, 5 days ago
The big bang happened ages ago. How do they expect to read radio signals from it?
beelady, uk, United Kingdom, 5 days ago
The Universe didn't 'begin'. It is Infinite. No beginning, no end.
EU erster Fan, Lissabon, Germany, 5 days ago
The West shouldn't cooperate with China on projects involving sensitive technologies. Sooner or later they'll steal it.
Luds, London, United Kingdom, 5 days ago
still can't get 4G in most areas and they place an aerial on the other side of the moon to study the big bang?
rm88, Manchester, United Kingdom, 5 days ago
Weren't we told that there was nothing before the big band? I'm sure science has said that for a long time, that the Big Bang was the start of everything. Not possible in my opinion, you can't create something out of nothing, but that's what science says.
xx, xx, Åland Islands, 5 days ago
What came before the big bang? the big foreplay I presume....
Stockportlad, Stockport, United Kingdom, 5 days ago
God created the heavens and the earth.
YouAreLoved, Everywhere, Kazakhstan, 5 days ago
We already know that God created the universe et al.