Grant to Community Funds, Inc. for its “Fund for Astrophysical Research” to be distributed in future years.
Grant Recipients in 2016
Grant Recipients $18,157
To purchase four Unihedron Sky Quality Meters and a set of color filters for a portable field-station to conduct spectrophotometric measurements of night sky brightness. Night sky spectrophotometric data will be added to the global astronomical data-base of light pollution.
For the installation of solar filters on small optical telescopes that ride piggyback on the radio telescopes used for pointing. On August 21, 2017 the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute is in the path of totality of the solar eclipse. This is a singular opportunity to use all three telescopes simultaneously to measure radio emission of the corona as a function of distance from the surface of the sun. These funds allow for simultaneous radio and optical observations and noting exactly the eclipse phase that radio data was taken. It is also expected to attract new radio astronomy monitoring and survey programs from the astronomical community.
For the purchase of 6 x 10TB hard disks to store observations by powerful Earth-based decametric radio telescopes in support of the Juno mission at Jupiter. These data will help to understand the context of the Juno observations through cross-correlation analysis of simultaneously observed auroral radio emissions from the first latitudinally wide-view from the polar orbit Juno and the ground-based low-frequency radio observatories.