RIT Observatory holds open house May 9
Event is free and open to the public
The Rochester Institute of Technology Observatory will host a daytime open house to watch the planet Mercury pass in front of the sun.
The observatory, located at 645 John St., will be open to the RIT community and the public from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on May 9 to coincide with Mercury’s seven-hour transit of the sun.
The planet will reach the middle of the sun by 10:57 a.m. EST. Visitors to the observatory can view this event safely through telescopes with special filters.
The transit of Mercury happens about 13 times a century, and last occurred in 2006, according to a NASA news release. Astronomers searching for planets outside of our solar system look for similar events in other stellar systems, when orbiting bodies transit or cross in front of a star and dim its brightness for a few hours. Scientists can determine the planet’s size and orbit, estimate its temperature and gain clues to the planet’s ability to support life.
“The current craze for exoplanet discoveries via the transit method will make this event more compelling than it would have been 25 years ago,” said Michael Richmond, director of the observatory and professor in RIT’s School of Physics and Astronomy. “Visitors can see the challenges astronomers face when we try to detect Earth-sized planets around other stars in this manner.”
For more information—and to check for a weather-related cancellation—go to the RIT Observatory website at www.rit.edu/cos/observatory/.
March 15, 2019
Data science community to gather at RIT for regional DataFest hackathon March 29-31
Teams of three to five students will have 48 hours to mine a complex data set pertaining to a real-world problem. Teams will test their statistical analytic and data science skills to find the best solution.
March 13, 2019
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 8, 2019
RIT Venture Creations technology business incubator launches four new companies
From eye tracking to thermal cooling to all things mushrooms, RIT’s Venture Creations technology business incubator celebrated the launch of four new startups.
March 6, 2019
Student Spotlight: Showing the artistic side of science
Meet Deirdre Cannon, a first-year biotechnology and molecular bioscience student who loves drawing.