RIT Observatory Holds Open House Oct. 8

Event is open to the public




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Telescopes at the RIT Observatory captured this picture of the moon.

The Rochester Institute of Technology Observatory will hold an open house 7:30–10 p.m. Oct. 8.

“We’ll focus on the waxing gibbous moon and its crater Tycho; the Ring Nebula, a giant smoke-ring in space; the colorful double star Albireo; and, for those willing to wait until 9 p.m. or so, the planet Jupiter and its satellites,” says Michael Richmond, professor of physics and director of the RIT Observatory.

The observatory’s two big telescopes and a range of smaller optical devices will give visitors a close-up view of the night sky.

The RIT Observatory is located at 645 John St., near the intersection with Bailey Road.

The event will be canceled if it is raining or overcast by 3 p.m. Oct. 8, Richmond says.

He will post the status of the event on the observatory’s website at www.rit.edu/cos/observatory.

For more information, contact Richmond at mwrsps@rit.edu or 585-475-2538.

201109/moon.jpg

RIT Observatory

Telescopes at the RIT Observatory captured this picture of the moon.