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

A show at the Benjamin Banneker Planetarium in CCBC Catonsville

Celestial Show

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

Banneker Planetarium | Math and Science Hall

Try This on for Size

We’re sometimes told, “It’s a big world out there!” Just how big is it? How...

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Photo of a night stary night

Celestial Show

Saturday, August 18, 10:00 AM | CCBC Catonsvillle

Banneker Planetarium | Math and Science Hall

The Perseid Meteor Shower (Children's show)

Learn about why meteor showers happen, what they are made of, and how to...

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Beautiful night sky showcasing lots of stars in the distance.

Celestial Show

Friday, September 21, 8:00 PM | CCBC Catonsville

Banneker Planetarium | Math and Science Hall

Seasonal Equality

September 22 marks the Autumnal Equinox, what we call the first day of Fall. Learn what is really...

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A show at the Benjamin Banneker Planetarium in CCBC Catonsville

Celestial Show

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

Banneker Planetarium | Math and Science Hall

Earth, Moon, and Sun (Children's show)

Learn about how the Earth, Moon, and Sun work together in our sky.

FREE....

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

Celestial Show

Friday, October 19, 8:00 PM | CCBC Catonsville

Banneker Planetarium | Math and Science Hall

Legends of the Heavens

What do the Native Americans and other cultures see when they look up at the night...

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Starry dark blue night sky

Celestial Show

Saturday, October 20, 10:00 AM | CCBC Catonsville

Banneker Planetarium | Math and Science Hall

Space Witch (Children's show)

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

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

Celestial Show

Friday, November 9, 8:00 PM | CCBC Catonsville

Banneker Planetarium | Math and Science Hall

Happy Birthday Benjamin Banneker!

Who was Benjamin Banneker? Why is the CCBC planetarium named after him? Come learn the story...

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Comet sailing through a beautiful dark blue night sky.

Celestial Show

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

Banneker Planetarium | Math and Science Hall

Dudley the Curious Duckling (Children's show)

Learn about the phases of the Moon along with Dudley and his friend Owen...

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Photo of an eclipse

Celestial Show

Friday, December 7, 8:00 PM | CCBC Catonsville

Banneker Planetarium | Math and Science Hall

The January 21st 2019 Lunar Eclipse

Now that the hype and hubbub for the 2017 Great American Solar eclipse is...

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Winter night sky with snow capped trees

Celestial Show

Saturday, December 8 | CCBC Catonsville

Banneker Planetarium | Math and Science Hall

The Glorious Winter Sky (Children's show)

Learn about the winter night sky constellations and the bright planet Jupiter.

FREE. Open...

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