AstronomyAstronomy 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.
ProgramAssociate of Science
Banneker PlanetariumBenjamin 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
Friday, September 29 | CCBC CatonsvilleCCBC 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...
Saturday, September 30, 10:00 AM | CCBC CatonsvilleBanneker 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...
Friday, October 20, 8:00 PM | CCBC CatonsvilleBanneker 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...
Saturday, October 21, 10:00 AM | CCBC CatonsvileeBanneker 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
Friday, November 17, 8:00 PM | CCBC CatonsvilleBanneker 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...
Saturday, November 18, 10:00 AM | CCBC CatonsvilleBanneker 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...
Friday, December 1, 8:00 PM | CCBC CatonsvilleBanneker 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...
Saturday, December 2, 10:00 AM | CCBC CatonsvilleBanneker 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?