News by Topic: Astronomy
December 12, 2019
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 20, 2019
Baby Black Holes May be Orbiting Supermassive Black Holes
Futurism cites research by Richard O’Shaughnessy, assistant professor in the School of Mathematical Sciences.
November 18, 2019
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
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
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
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
RIT joins LSST Corporation to prepare for the most ambitious all-sky survey of the universe
Scientists are currently building the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), which will conduct the most ambitious all-sky survey of the universe to date, and RIT is thinking about ways to mine through the treasure trove of data it will produce.
October 4, 2019
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
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.
September 3, 2019
RIT Observatory hosts open house to commemorate Apollo 11’s 50th anniversary
The RIT Observatory is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first steps on the moon by holding an open house. Members of the Rochester community are invited to visit and explore the moon through the observatory’s telescopes.
August 7, 2019
RIT undergraduates share cutting-edge research at annual summer symposium
The 28th annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, held on Aug. 1, is structured as a professional research conference. Research themes included everything from fundamental microbiology to the fine arts.
July 1, 2019
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.