SARA Officer and Director Election Results

Here are the results of the officer and director elections from the 2015 SARA Conference:

Secretary                 Bruce Randall
Treasurer                Gary Memory
Director                   Dave Cohen
Director                   Charles Osborne
Director-At-Large      Stuart Rumley
Director-At-Large      Jon Wallace
Watch for the announcement of the SARA Western Regional Conference date in March 2016 at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona.

Call for Papers: 2017 SARA Annual Conference

The Society of Amateur Radio Astronomers (SARA) solicits papers for presentation at its 2019 Annual Conference to be held 4 Aug ‐ 7 Aug 2019. Sunday 4 Aug, will start with an introduction to Radio Astronomy at the Jansky Auditorium, followed by learning to operate the forty foot radio telescope - 1,420 MHz (21 cm).

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.

Picture Tour of 2015 SARA Western Conference

The Stanford University campus is in Silicon Valley south of San Francisco. The satellite image below shows the northern portion of the campus from 4 km altitude. The Physics and Astrophysics building, where the 2015 SARA Western Conference was held, is just left of center, barely distinguishable at this altitude. Just out of view to the south is the huge open area populated with radio research facilities including the 150 ft diameter dish antenna that SARA Western Conference attendees toured in 2010 and 2012. The main campus is about 33 square kilometers (8 180 acres). Imagine paying California property taxes on that each year.

SARA 2015 Conference Abstracts

The following papers will be presented at the annual conference at NRAO in Green Bank, WV. Check back for late additions.

Author: Professor Duncan Lorimer

Title: Pulsars, flickers and cosmic flashes: the transient radio universe

Abstract: I will describe a brief history of discovery and some exciting recent developments in the world of pulsars and fast radio bursts. Pulsars, rapidly rotating highly magnetized neutron stars, were discovered in 1967 and continue to surprise and delight astronomers as powerful probes of fundamental physics and astrophysics. Fast radio bursts are millisecond-duration pulses of currently unknown origin that were discovered in 2007. Both pulsars and fast radio bursts have great promise at probing the universe on large scales and in fundamental ways...


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