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 used primarily for college classes and shows to groups from area schools and the community. It has been in operation since 1966 and has a newly-installed Spitz 1024 Projector, which produces images for about 2300 stars.

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 1790's. The planetarium is located in the Classroom and Laboratory Building, Room 001. It has a seating capacity of 65. Shows for outside groups are usually scheduled for weekday mornings. Interested groups may call 443.840.4560 or email Angie Black, planetarium scheduler.