Astronomy is the branch of physics that studies celestial bodies and the universe as a whole. It’s the science that involves the observation as well as theories about the solar system, the stars, the galaxies, and the overall structure of space.

All Astronomy courses have a prerequisite of a minimum of one year of high school algebra or a college-level algebra course. Students who cannot meet this prerequisite should consult with an adviser.

Successful completion of ENGL 052 and RDNG 052 or satisfactory scores on the placement tests are prerequisites for the astronomy courses.


Associate of Science

Banneker Planetarium

Benjamin Banneker Planetarium is a classroom-sized facility (seating capacity 65) used primarily for college classes and shows to groups from area schools and the community. It has been in operation since 1966 and now has a newly-installed Spitz SciDome XD digital projector. The projector is also housed in a brand new 10 meter dome planetarium, which is part of the new Mathematics and Science Hall, Room MASH 030A.

The Planetarium is named for Benjamin Banneker, a free black who lived in the neighboring area of Oella and who, as a self-taught man of science, was the author of a series of almanacs during the 1790s. Shows for outside groups are usually scheduled for weekday mornings. Interested groups may call 443.840.4560 or email Angie Black, planetarium scheduler.

Coming up at CCBC

A man dressed in winter jacket shines a flash light into the night sky

What was the Christmas Star?

Friday, December 9, 8:00 PM | Benjamin Banneker Planetarium

There are many different explanations concerning what could have been the “Star of Bethlehem.” Come see what some of them are based on both ancient...

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Winter night sky with snow capped trees

Santa, stars & other winter wonders

Saturday, December 10, 10:00 AM | Benjamin Banneker Planetarium

Children’s Program

A story for children that explains the real meaning of Christmas.

All Planetarium shows are free and open to the public. No reservations are needed...

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7 moons illustrate the phases of the moon

Eclipses and Solar Cycles (two shows)

Friday, February 17 | CCBC Catonsville

Banneker Planetarium: “Eclipses and Solar Cycles”

Friday, February 17, 2017
  • 7 p.m.
  • 8:30 p.m.

CCBC Catonsville, Math and Science Hall

In a little over six months, on August...

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Comet sailing through a beautiful dark blue night sky.

Anicent Legends

Saturday, February 18, 10:00 AM | Benjamin Banneker Planetarium

CCBC Catonsville, Math and Science Hall

Children's Program

Learn about this astronomical legends of Greek Mythology and Natives Americans in this family-friendly show.

FREE. Open to the...

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Starry dark blue night sky

Astronomy and Boston in the American Revolution

Friday, March 10, 8:00 PM | Benjamin Banneker Planetarium

CCBC Catonsville, Math and Science Hall

We’ve all studied and learned something about the “Boston Massacre,” the Boston Tea Party and Paul Revere’s Ride, but did...

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A show at the Benjamin Banneker Planetarium in CCBC Catonsville

Earth, Moon and Sun

Saturday, March 11, 10:00 AM | Benjamin Banneker Planetarium

CCBC Catonsville, Math and Science Hall

Children's Program

Why do we have seasons? Why does the Moon appear during the daytime? Why does the sun always rise...

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