RIT Observatory Hosts Open House Oct. 23

First event to feature ‘Moon and Moons’

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Visitors to the RIT Observatory will get a close-up look at the craters and mountain ranges on the Earth’s moon at an Oct. 23 open house. The event will be held from 7-10 p.m., weather permitting.

“Jupiter’s four Galilean moons will be no more than tiny specks of light flanking the giant planet; you might use them as guides to help you recognize the dark belts in Jupiter’s atmosphere,” says Michael Richmond, professor of physics and director of the RIT Observatory. “But if it’s cloudy, please stay home and try us next time.”

The main telescopes at the observatory include a 14-inch Celestron and a 12-inch Meade, both mounted on piers inside the domes. Smaller telescopes on tripods will be set up to increase viewing options.

The observatory is located at 645 John St., near the intersection with Bailey Road. For more information, contact Michael Richmond at mwrsps@rit.edu, or visit the observatory’s home page at http://www.rit.edu/cos/observatory.