Space news: NASA lunar 4G network on the MOON ‘could ruin astronomy’

However, the astronomer proposed a solution potentially influenced by SpaceX head Elon Musk.

In April this year, the controversial billionaire suggested constructing orbital observatories as a work-around for those complaining about his Starlink satellites.

Ms Alexander believes such radio observatories could help avoid this increasingly contentious issue if a telescope could be positioned on the far side of the Moon, where all Earthly chatter would be instantly muted.

She added: “A long-term dream of many radio astronomers would be to have a radio telescope on the far side of the Moon.

“In addition to being shielded from Earth-based signals, it would also be able to observe at the lowest radio frequencies, which on Earth are particularly affected by a part of the atmosphere called the ionosphere.


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