Astronomy

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.



Program

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

Bright moon reflecting over a lake with mountains in the background

Hidden Figures of the 18th, 19th and Early 20th Centuries

Friday, July 21 | CCBC Catonsville

Banneker Planetarium: “Hidden Figures of the 18th, 19th and Early 20th Centuries”

In the early days following the invention of the telescope, all of the observations...

Tags: Community, Planetarium, Free, Events


Photo of outer space with blue, purple and gold colors that form a sphere

Heavenly Women and the Celestial Bodies Named After Them (Family friendly show)

Saturday, July 22, 10:00 AM | CCBC Catonsville

Banneker Planetarium: “Heavenly Women and the Celestial Bodies Named After Them” (Family friendly show)

Numerous examples of constellations, moons and planets are named after female characters...

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Photo of an eclipse

Eclipses and the Sun

Friday, August 11, 8:00 PM | CCBC Catonsville

Banneker Planetarium: “Eclipses and the Sun"

August 21 marks the first solar eclipse to occur in the continental US in nearly thirty years, and it will...

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7 moons illustrate the phases of the moon

Earth, Moon and Sun and Eclipses for Kids (Children's show)

Saturday, August 12, 10:00 AM | CCBC Catonsville

Banneker Planetarium: “Earth, Moon and Sun and Eclipses for Kids

Come learn why eclipses occur, why we don’t have them every month, and other things about...

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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


Winter night sky with snow capped trees

Why Do We Have Seasons? (Children's show)

Saturday, September 30, 10:00 AM | CCBC Catonsville

Banneker Planetarium: “Why Do We Have Seasons?" (Children’s show)

Parents, come explore with your kids what causes the Seasons with a family friendly craft activity. Bring...

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Satellite hovering above earth with purple glow over the edge of the planet

Scary Satellites and Perilous Planets: Explore the Dark Side of the Solar System

Friday, October 20, 8:00 PM | CCBC Catonsville

Banneker Planetarium: “Scary Satellites and Perilous Planets: Explore the Dark Side of the Solar System"

Some planets and moons have the origins of their names rooted...

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Photo of a night stary night

Space Witch

Saturday, October 21, 10:00 AM | CCBC Catonsvilee

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

Follow Tilly Ipswitch and her cat Kit as they fly through space looking for fun around Halloween.

October 21, 2017
10 a.m.

CCBC
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Photo of a large dome telescope with dark blue sky with stars in the background

Telescopes

Friday, November 17, 8:00 PM | CCBC Catonsville

Banneker Planetarium: “Telescopes"

Telescopes have been around for centuries, but how did they get their start? How do they work? What do astronomers use them for...

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Beautiful night sky showcasing lots of stars in the distance.

Astronomy and the First Thanksgiving (Children's show)

Saturday, November 18, 10:00 AM | CCBC Catonsville

Banneker Planetarium: “Astronomy and the First Thanksgiving"

What did the night sky look like when the Pilgrims and the Native Americans sat down for their feast...

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Starry dark blue night sky

What was the Christmas Star?

Friday, December 1, 8:00 PM | CCBC Catonsville

Banneker Planetarium: “What Was the Christmas Star?”

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

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

The Last Christmas Tree (Children's show)

Saturday, December 2, 10:00 AM | CCBC Catonsville

Banneker Planetarium: “The Last Christmas Tree” (Children’s show)

What happens to the last Christmas tree in the sales lot, the one that nobody else wants?

December 2,...

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