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RIT Astrophysics Students Explore the Solar System at the Harley School

Valerie Rapson and Billy Vazquez present the Great Pluto Debate

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Twenty kindergarteners and first graders in the Harley School Primary B classroom waited patiently for Pluto. Valerie Rapson and Billy Vazquez, doctoral students in RIT's astrophysical sciences and technology program, took turns telling the children about each of the planets in the solar system during a school visit on March 12.

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Students visit the RIT Observatory

Genesee Community Charter School

Michael Richmond gives students a tour.

 

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Outreach

On a recent cloudy morning, two classes of students from the Genesee Community Charter School came to visit the Observatory. Roughly 30 students in the second grade came first, at 9:30 AM, and then another 30 students from the third grade arrived at 10:30 AM.

 

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Henry drew this to illustrate our telescope demonstration.


Here's a picture Eden drew, showing Joel talking about the Milky Way.


Observatory

Our next Open House will be Friday, Dec 13. We'll look at the gibbous Moon, Jupiter, and the Orion Nebula, and maybe even see a few of the Geminid meteors.