13 February 2024

SARA Seeks New Institutional Members

Terry Oswalt Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Southeastern Association for Research in Astronomy (SARA) logoThe Southeastern Association for Research in Astronomy (SARA) Consortium is seeking to engage at least one new institutional member in 2024. Currently, our 15-member consortium operates 1-m-class telescopes at Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona, Cerro Tololo Interamerican Observatory in Chile, and Roque de los Muchachos Observatory in the Canary Islands, Spain. All three SARA telescopes support remote access observing programs and are equipped for imaging at optical wavelengths.  

The telescopes in Arizona and Chile are also equipped with moderate resolution echelle spectrographs. Guaranteed observing time (approximately 60 nights per year distributed across three telescopes) is proportionately assigned to SARA member institutions based on an initial capital investment of $100,000 and annual operational dues of $15,000.

Letters of interest received before 31 March 2024 will be reviewed at the spring 2024 SARA Board meeting and invitation(s) for full proposal(s) will be extended shortly thereafter. Additional information about SARA and our facilities can be found online and in a review article by Keel et al. 2017.  

Inquiries should be directed to the Chairman of the SARA Board of Directors, Dr. Terry Oswalt.