Allen Array Engineer/Radio-Astronomer to Speak at Central FL
January 13, 2010 @ 12:00 am EST
Allen Telescope Array Engineer/Radio-Astronomer to Speak atJanuary Central Florida Astronomical Society Meeting
Longwood, Florida - Central Florida Astronomical Society is pleased to announce the next guest speaker for the January 13, 2010, 7 p.m. general meeting at the Seminole State College of Florida Planetarium will be Dr. William Barott, who is an engineer/radio astronomer and team member on the SETI Institute’s Allen Telescope Array in California who will be talking about: radio astronomy, interferometry, the new Allen Telescope Array at the Hat Creek Radio Observatory, give a "crash course" on the methods of beam-forming and taking radio astronomy pictures, SETI science, how radio astronomy is different from optical astronomy, and how evolving technology is changing the way we think about the field.
The Allen Telescope Array (ATA) is a joint effort by the SETI Institute and the Radio Astronomy Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley to construct a radio interferometer that is dedicated to astronomical observations and a simultaneous search for extraterrestrial intelligence. Dr. Barott is also a key person in the development of the beam-former software that combines the array's signals into useful data, including high resolution radio images of galaxies and other astronomical radio sources.
Dr. Barott earned his PhD at Georgia Institute of Technology, with a research focus in electromagnetics and RF systems. When not in California working on the Allen Telescope Array, Dr. Barott is also a professor here in Florida at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the Electrical Engineering Faculty Advisor for the EcoCAR project, and has previously served as an advisor for the Formula Hybrid project.
Please join us at the Central Florida Astronomical Society's general meeting at Seminole State Planetarium for what promises to be an interesting presentation. Central Florida Astronomical Society's general meetings are open to the public and conducted every second-Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Seminole State College of Florida Planetarium. Meetings include one or more programs on Astronomy related topics.
Central Florida Astronomical Society, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) scientific/educational organization dedicated to public awareness of Astronomy and providing astronomy-related education programs to the general public and to public and private schools. CFAS's all-volunteer membership supports educational outreach programs, basic astronomical observing and Astronomy courses, the operation of local observatories, is a member of the NASA Night Sky Network, maintains a multi-media Astronomy library, quarterly newsletter, Annual Star Party, and CFAS maintains a member website with forums to plan observing sessions, announce upcoming speakers and Central Florida Astronomy-related events, and where members can post Astronomy questions or post astro-images for others to view. CFAS members can borrow loaner scopes and observe the night sky with other members at dark sky sites.
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