Looking at the Night Sky with LAMA

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This video had a YouTube Premiere at 3:15 p.m. during Imagine RIT 2021. During the premiere, viewers could chat live with the presenters and audience. View the chat transcript and video on YouTube

The video will include a short introduction of RIT's Laboratory for Multiwavelength

Astrophysics (LAMA) and Astrophysical Science and Technology (AST) faculty, along with

some pictures of objects that have been observed by individual research groups. We will then

be guiding viewers through astronomical events in May 2021. We will discuss the supermoon and lunar eclipse, both of which will be taking place on May 26th. During this time the moon will be at its closest point to Earth in its orbit, and

appear to have a reddish hue, giving it the appearance of a "blood moon." The viewer will also

be shown where to look at the night sky to see the Eta Aquariids meteor shower. This meteor

shower, associated with Halley's Comet, will be at its peak on May 5th and be visible until May

28th. Lastly, the video will close out with information on what phone apps can be used to view

these objects in the night sky. A link will also be posted of a printable sky map for May.


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Attila Varga,
Isabella Cox,
William Wainwright,
Emily Wilson,
Paula Moraga,
Michael Lam,
Jeyhan Kartaltepe

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