RIT Observatory to hold open house Dec. 13

The event is free and open to the public

NASA/MSFC/B. Cooke, NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office

False-color composite view of 2008 Geminid meteor shower.

The Rochester Institute of Technology Observatory will hold an open house during the Geminid meteor shower this month.

The RIT Observatory invites the public from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Dec. 13 to its facility at 645 John St., near the intersection with Bailey Road.

“This night marks the peak of the Geminid meteor shower,” says Michael Richmond, professor in RIT’s School of Physics and Astronomy and director of the RIT Observatory. “The best viewing will occur after midnight, but we may see five to 10 meteors each hour even in the early evening.

“Our telescopes will focus on Jupiter and its moons, but we will also watch the fast-moving asteroid Toutatis as it zips through the sky, faster than a speeding bullet.”

Poor weather could postpone the event until Saturday, Dec. 15. Check the observatory webpage for status updates at www.rit.edu/cos/observatory.


Recommended News

  • March 17, 2019

    Video game graphic in 8-bit style of a city with text: Ball of Doom

    RIT heads to Game Developers Conference 2019

    More than 100 RIT students, faculty, alumni and staff are visiting San Francisco this week to attend Game Developers Conference 2019, the world’s largest professional gaming industry event of the year. The RIT MAGIC Spell Studios booth is displaying four games created at RIT.

  • March 13, 2019

    Head-and-shoulders view of researcher wearing maroon top and cardigan

    RIT Associate Professor Suzanne O’Handley nationally recognized for mentorship

    RIT Associate Professor Suzanne O’Handley has been selected by the Council on Undergraduate Research and the Goldwater Scholarship Foundation as the 2019 CUR-Goldwater Scholars Faculty Mentor Awardee. O’Handley, a faculty member in RIT’s School of Chemistry and Materials Science, was chosen from 10 finalists for her considerable achievements as a dynamic scholar, teacher and mentor.

  • March 13, 2019

    Head-and-shoulders view of man with glasses

    New research unlocking the secrets of how languages change

    New research is helping scientists around the world understand what drives language change, especially when languages are in their infancy. The results will shed light on how the limitations of the human brain change language and provide an understanding of the complex interaction between languages and the human beings who use them.