News by Topic: Astronomy

  • December 12, 2019

    'large and small satellite dishes.'

    RIT and IAR observe pulsars for the first time from South America

    A new paper published in Astronomy and Astrophysics outlines how a team from RIT and the Insituto Argentino de Radioastronomía (IAR) upgraded two radio telescopes in Agrentina that lay dormant for 15 years in order to study pulsars, rapidly rotating neutron stars with intense magnetic fields that emit notably in radio wavelengths.

  • November 18, 2019

    'Two researchers wearing cleansuits work on detector equipment.'

    Researchers prepare rocket for launch

    A team of RIT researchers is helping launch an experiment above the atmosphere to better understand extragalactic background light, which traces the history of galaxies back to the formation of the first stars in the universe.

  • November 8, 2019

    'Simulation of an accretion disk surrounding a supermassive black hole.'

    New study suggests ‘Pac-Man-like’ mergers could explain massive, spinning black holes

    Scientists have reported detecting gravitational waves from 10 black hole mergers to date, but they are still trying to explain the origins of those mergers. The largest merger detected so far seems to have defied previous models because it has a higher spin and mass than the range thought possible. A group of researchers, including RIT Assistant Professor Richard O’Shaughnessy, has created simulations that could explain how the merger happened.

  • November 5, 2019

    'The sun with four small black dots.'

    Watch the planet Mercury pass in front of the sun with the RIT Observatory

    The planet Mercury will pass directly across the sun next week for the last time until 2032, and RIT faculty and students will help the community view the rare event. Members of the RIT Observatory will set up telescopes for public use from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 11, in the Infinity Quad on the RIT campus.

  • October 25, 2019

    'An artists rendering of a blackhole, with red and orange waves.'

    Shedding light on black holes

    The Christian Science Monitor talks to Manuela Campanelli, professor and director of the Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation.

  • October 4, 2019

    'Close-up of photon sensor.'

    New tech at RIT may help find other planets

    WROC-TV talks to student Justin Gallagher and Professor Don Figer, director of the Center for Detectors, about a sensor technology that may contribute to finding other planets.

  • September 12, 2019

    'Quanta Image Sensor (QIS) semiconductor chip.'

    Scientists developing single photon detector to help search for habitable exoplanets

    NASA is awarding a team of researchers from RIT and Dartmouth College a grant to develop a detector capable of sensing and counting single photons that could be crucial to future NASA astrophysics missions. The extremely sensitive detector would allow scientists to see the faintest observable objects in space, such as Earth-like planets around other stars.

  • July 1, 2019

    'Student stands in lobby.'

    RIT alumnus to serve as futures analyst for U.S. Agency for International Development

    The fellowship program provides opportunities to outstanding scientists and engineers to learn first-hand about policymaking and contribute their knowledge and analytical skills in the policy realm. Brennan Ireland ’18 Ph.D. (astrophysical sciences and technology) will use his analytical skills to quantitatively evaluate countries to get a better picture of what their futures look like.