GF Canada 15 - 2nd Public Announcement FINAL Web.pngThe International Lunar Observatory Association (ILOA) is launching, supporting and collaborating with projects around the world to propel human civilization to the Moon for good, and for all. If you are in the Vancouver area please join us for...

Galaxy Forum Canada 2015 — Vancouver

'Astronomy From The Moon'

Saturday, 26 September 2015 (9am – 1pm)


Irving K. Barber Learning Centre 182, UBC

FREE Public Event — RSVP This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 808-885-3474

Local Contact: 604-401-0337




(click image above for full size flier) Lunar Observatory-1: Making Moon South Pole Astronomy and Communications a Reality – Steve Durst, Founding Director, International Lunar Observatory Association, Editor and Publisher of Space Age Publishing Co.

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Steve on Mauna Kea Nov 2014

ILO-1 Moon South Pole: A new frontier as exciting and enriching as Humans on Mars or trillion dollar asteroids, and much closer in space and time.

Pursuing a series of Moon-based observatory missions to complement Earth-based and Space-based astronomy, ILOA seeks to advance Galaxy Imaging for 21st century astronomy education with its ILO-1 primary mission 2-meter radio antenna to Malapert Mt. 86°S 2.7°E near the Moon's South Pole, with an ILO-X precursor mission aboard a GLXP lander, and with a Human Service Mission to the ILO-1 / robotic village new world frontier. 

ILOA is also collaborating with the National Astronomical Observatories - Chinese Academy of Sciences (NAOC) Lunar Ultraviolet Telescope (LUT) at Sinus Iridum / Mare Imbrium 44°N 20°W aboard the China Chang'e-3 Moon Lander, the first spacecraft to land on the Moon in almost 40 years and the only spacecraft operating on the lunar surface. Conducting science-driven and education-based Astronomy from the Moon via LUT is a foundational success of international cooperation on which the ILOA intends to build.

More than 40 years since the Far Ultraviolet Camera / Spectrograph operated on the Descartes Highlands by NASA Apollo 16 Commander and ILOA Board of Director Emeritus John Young in April 1972, ILOA is drawing together resources from across the planet to reclaim the cosmic revolution of Humanity as a Multi World Species. 

The 7th Edition of ILOA’s stellar "Galaxy Map" is now being distributed to high school teachers and other educators around the world, designed for use in every class with maps of the world and Solar System. optical telescopes on the Moon – Paul Hickson, Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, The University of British Columbia.

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Paul Hickson

The Moon offers some unique advantages for future very-large optical telescopes. The airless environment, slow lunar rotation and precession would enable a zenith-pointing telescope, located near one of the lunar poles, to survey a large region of sky and study the epoch of galaxy formation. I will present results from a recent NASA/CSA study that considered the feasibility of lunar liquid-mirror telescopes having apertures in the 20 to 100 metre range. Measuring the radio signatures of the early Universe – Mark Halpern, Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, UBC:

Mark Halpern

I will describe efforts here on Earth to use custom-designed radio observatories to measure the history of accelerated expansion of the Universe in order to improve our understanding of dark energy and to measure the signature of the reionization when the Universe first made stars.

Both of these experiments are severely limited by man-made radio interference and would be more sensitive if carried out on the Moon, but both of them require football stadium sized telescopes, so building them on the moon would be a very serious challenge. Astronomy From The Moon and Other Ways to Excite the Public About the Universe – Howard Trottier, Professor, Department of Physics, Simon Fraser University

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The Trottier Observatory and Science Courtyard is an integral part of the Trottier Studio for Innovative Science Education. Both facilities are uniquely dedicated to bringing science education and astronomy to children, youth and the general public. Nestled within the heart of the Burnaby campus, the Trottier Observatory is the flagship facility in the Faculty of Science’s myriad outreach programs. Since its inception in 2007, the Starry Nights program has brought thousands of star-gazers, including children and youth, to campus to peruse the night skies and learn about astronomy. Space Society Activities and Space Asset Map – Alma Barranco-Mendoza, Chief Information Officer, Canadian Space Society

Canadian Space Asset Map

Alma Barranco-Mendoza, Ph.D.

The Canadian Space Society (CSS) is a national non-profit organization made up of professionals and enthusiasts pursuing the human exploration and development of the Solar System and beyond. Its principal objective is to stimulate the Canadian space industry through its technical and outreach projects and promote the involvement of Canadians in the development of space.

With many of Canada's top space professionals on board, the CSS is made up of people of all backgrounds and interests, including teachers, environmentalists, writers, and marketers. Our principal objective is to sponsor and promote the involvement of Canadians in the development of space. and Cultural Importance of the Moon (Title TBC)  – Eldon Yellowhorn, PhD, Assoc. Professor, Department of Archaeology, Simon Fraser University,204,203,200_.jpg


My research interests in archaeology include palaeoIndian research, communal hunting and northern plains archaeology and archaeoastronomy. I have a strong interest in traditional knowledge and I look for its meaning and significance to better understand the archaeological record. I contend that traditional knowledge has much to offer archaeology as a method for identifying archaeological sites and for interpreting sites that lack artifacts. I see traditional knowledge as a system of knowing about the environment and I investigate it within the context of ethnoscience.

FREE Public Event — RSVP This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 808-885-3474Local Contact: 604-401-0337

International Lunar Observatory Association (ILOA) is an interglobal enterprise incorporated in Hawaii as a 501(c)(3) non-profit to expand human knowledge of the Cosmos through observation from our Moon and to participate in internationally cooperative lunar base build-out, with Aloha – the spirit of Hawai`i. The ILOA co-sponsors with its Space Age Publishing Company affiliate an international series of Galaxy Forums to advance 21st Century Education. Galaxy Forums, designed to provide greater global awareness, capabilities and action in Galaxy science, exploration and enterprise, are held in Hawaii, Silicon Valley, Canada, China, India, Japan, Europe, Africa, Chile, Brazil, Southeast Asia, Kansas and New York. Current plans are for expansion to Antarctica and beyond.

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