Observe@MIT is a series of astronomical observation sessions led by astronomer and planetary science lecturer Amanda Bosh. Members of the MIT community are encouraged to come and observe the sky above and learn about space and what there is to see on that particular day or night. Everyone is welcome to participate by looking through one of the telescopes and having a conversation with peers and astronomy enthusiasts alike up on the roof of building 37, on MIT's campus in Cambridge, MA.
This program offers everyone in the MIT community the opportunity to look through telescopes at stars, planets, galaxies, and more. Throughout the semester, these events are held near first quarter moon (as weather allows). People come to look through the telescopes and to talk with the planetary scientists and astronomers about current research topics or about what’s up in the sky. It’s a relaxed way to regain the connection with the night sky that we once had, something that is increasingly difficult in bright, light-polluted areas.
Best of all it's not too late to sign up for a late year session: Celebrate the end of the semester by re-connecting with the universe! This Thursday, May 14, 2015, Come to the roof of building 37 to view almost all of the naked-eye planets: Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn! Only Mars won't be on view, as it sets behind a building before sunset. We will use telescopes to view these impressive sights, plus others.
Dr. Amanda Bosh is a lecturer in planetary science at MIT, teaching courses on astronomical observational techniques. Her research focuses on Pluto's atmosphere and how it changes in response to its increasing distance from the sun. She was the co-creator of an innovative astronomy outreach program for Navajo and Hopi middle school children. Amanda received her Ph.D. from MIT in 1994 in planetary science, as well as S.B. degrees from MIT in 1987 in planetary science and in materials science and engineering.