School of Physics and Astronomy
November 27, 2023
RIT’s new Sklarsky Glass Box Theater welcomes first audiences this weekend
The inaugural production in the newest building on the RIT campus, AstroDance II: Across the Universe, premieres Dec. 1 to 3, featuring a variety of dance, aerial and circus arts, and augmented reality, which will be presented in the new state-of-the-art Sklarsky Glass Box Theater.
October 23, 2023
An astrophysicist explains why even if you were right next to the Voyager probes 15 billion miles from the sun you could still see them
Business Insider talks to Michael Zemcov, associate professor in the School of Physics and Astronomy, about how bright light from the sun would be at 15 million miles away.
September 14, 2023
Collaboration with global team confirms, disproves distant galaxies
RIT scientists have once again used data from the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) as part of the Cosmic Evolution Early Release Science (CEERS) Survey to change the way we think about the universe and its distant galaxies. Jeyhan Kartaltepe and Rebecca Larson co-authored a paper confirming very bright galaxies in the early universe, while also disproving the identification of what would have been the most distant galaxy ever found.
August 23, 2023
Seeing the full picture with line-intensity mapping
Symmetry magazine talks to Michael Zemcov, associate professor in the School of Physics and Astronomy, about line-intensity mapping and issues with interloper lines.
August 2, 2023
RIT Launch Initiative team soars to first competition win in Spaceport America Cup 2023
RIT’s Launch Initiative won first place in the Space Dynamics Laboratory Payload Challenge this summer in Las Cruces, N.M. They were among nearly 6,000 students from 159 international collegiate teams at the annual competition that challenges students to launch solid, liquid, or hybrid rockets to altitudes of 10,000 and 30,000 feet.
July 25, 2023
RIT professor co-authors paper on new planetary formation findings
Joel Kastner, a professor in the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science and School of Physics and Astronomy, and a team of researchers with the European Southern Observatory have discovered new evidence of how planets as massive as Jupiter can form.
July 17, 2023
What do astronomers say about Moon landing deniers? Batting down the conspiracy theory with an assist from the 1969 Miracle Mets
Michael Richmond, professor of astronomy and physics, explains the 1969 moon landing for the "Curious Kids" series published by The Conversation.
July 12, 2023
NASA releases spectacular image to celebrate James Webb Space Telescope
The Washington Post talks to Jeyhan Kartaltepe, associate professor in RIT's School of Physics and Astronomy, and Rebecca Larson, postdoctoral research associate in RIT’s School of Physics and Astronomy, about images from the James Webb Space Telescope.
July 11, 2023
NASA's Webb telescope video is a mind-blowing trip
Mashable mentions Rebecca Larson, postdoctoral research associate in RIT’s School of Physics and Astronomy.
July 6, 2023
RIT researchers discover most distant active black hole ever
An RIT postdoctoral researcher and an associate professor in the School of Physics and Astronomy, along with a team behind the Cosmic Evolution Early Release Science (CEERS) Survey, have used new observations from the James Webb Space Telescope to confirm the existence of the most distant active supermassive black hole ever found.
June 30, 2023
An experiment that reaches across the galaxy has 'heard' an invisible sea of ripples in space-time for the first time. It's surprisingly loud.
Business Insider talks to Manuela Campanelli, professor in the College of Science and director of Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation, about the latest gravitational-wave signal observations.
June 29, 2023
RIT astrophysicist comments on supermassive binary black hole discovery
Astrophysicists using large radio telescopes to observe a collection of cosmic clocks in our galaxy have found evidence for gravitational waves that oscillate with periods of years to decades, according to a set of papers published Thursday in The Astrophysical Journal Letters.