You Can Do This

Building a huge radio telescope like Arecibo or the Green Bank Telescope (GBT) takes a great deal of money, and so does operating one. Even if you had the cash, your neighbors (not to mention the local zoning board), might frown on your building even a modest 30-foot-diameter dish antenna in your backyard. However, remember that radio astronomy originated with nonastronomers, and there is still plenty of room in the field for amateurs, including amateurs of modest means.

A small but committed group of enthusiasts have formed the Society of Amateur Radio Astronomers (SARA). Most books for budding astronomers don't discuss amateur radio astronomy, though it is a fascinating and rewarding subject.

Astronomer's Notebook

You can contact the Society of Amateur Radio Astronomers (SARA) at its Web site: www. bambi.net/sara.html. The Web site of Radio-Sky Publishing also offers valuable information on amateur radio astronomy: www.radiosky.com.

Astronomer's Notebook

You can contact the Society of Amateur Radio Astronomers (SARA) at its Web site: www. bambi.net/sara.html. The Web site of Radio-Sky Publishing also offers valuable information on amateur radio astronomy: www.radiosky.com.

Astronomer's Notebook

You can detect sporadic meteor events any day of the year, and you don't have to wait for clear skies or night to fall. However, meteor showers and even out-and-out meteor storms occur at certain times of the year, when the earth passes through the debris that litters the "orbital paths" of known comets. Two of the most intense are the Perseid shower in August and the Geminid shower in December. See Chapter 11, "Solar System Home Movie," for more information on when to expect peak meteor activity.

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