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

Reading the Night Sky like a Boy Scout (two shows)

Friday, April 21 | CCBC Catonsville

Banneker Planetarium: Reading the Night Sky like a Boy Scout” (two shows)

Have you ever wondered how scouts can read the night sky, tell time and...

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Beautiful night sky showcasing lots of stars in the distance.

Space Bunny

Saturday, April 22 | CCBC Catonsville

Banneker Planetarium: “Space Bunny” (Children’s show)

Journey with a rabbit named Boynton and his friend Jocelyn as they take a trip into space.

April 22, 2017
10 a.m.

Tags: Events, Planetarium, Free

A show at the Benjamin Banneker Planetarium in CCBC Catonsville

Our Dynamic Earth

Friday, May 12 | CCBC Catonsville

Banneker Planetarium: “Our Dynamic Earth”

How does out planet work? How are the different systems dependent on one another to drive its weather, climate and ecosystems?...

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Comet sailing through a beautiful dark blue night sky.

Space Rocks (Children's Show)

Saturday, May 13 | CCBC Catonsville

Banneker Planetarium: “Space Rocks” (Children’s show)

What are shooting stars? Comets? Asteroids? What do they look like if they land on Earth? Learn about the different...

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A show at the Benjamin Banneker Planetarium in CCBC Catonsville

60 years in space

Friday, September 29 | CCBC Catonsville

CCBC Celebrates “60 Years in Space”

Travel through 60 years in space, as we commemorate the 60th anniversary of the beginning of the space age with...

Tags: 60th, Free, Events, Planetarium