SARA at the Astronomy Festival on the National Mall

This free public stargazing (Friday, June 19, 2015; 6–11 pm) was organized by Dr. Donald Lubowich, Coordinator of Astronomy Outreach at Hofstra University. The Astronomy Festival on the National Mall (AFNM) featured solar, optical, and radio telescope observations of the Sun, Moon, Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn; hands-on activities, demonstrations, hand-outs, posters, banners, and videos; a planetarium show with a portable blow-up dome, speakers from scientific and educational organization. Unfortunately this year the weather was unfriendly. A light rain, around 9 pm, scared away most of the visitors and exhibitors.

The Society of Amateur Radio Astronomers was present with 2 tables featuring popular projects, such as SuperSID, radio meteors, Radio Jove. SARA was represented by Ken Recap (president), Steven Tzikas (director), and Chip Sufitchi (director).