2017-18 Featured Speakers
The SCOV Astronomy Club features some of the most prominent speakers in the field. All sessions happen the third Thursday of the month, and are held at the Navajo Room of the Sun City, Oro Valley Activity Center. Come on out and enjoy!
"Adapting Solar Energy Technology for Radio Telescopes."
Abstract: The next generation of radio observatories will be huge arrays of large dishes. Typically telescopes use custom, high dollar components. However for large arrays, the manufacturing costs become a major factor in the project budget. Solar energy research at the University of Arizona designs solar concentrators for low cost, high volume production. We are now applying technology developed for solar dishes directly to radio telescope design. This will greatly reduce the cost of future radio observatories allowing us to build bigger and better observatories to allow us to see deeper into the darkest corners of the universe.
Program Manager, International Dark Sky Association
"Arizona’s Night Skies: Past, Present, and Future."