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

Hunters, Dogs, and Temples, Oh My!

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

Banneker Planetarium | Math and Science Hall

Ever wonder where the phrase “Dog Days of Summer” came from? Learn about this and other things associated with...

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Starry dark blue night sky

Stars and Planets of the Summer Sky (Children's show)

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

Banneker Planetarium | Math and Science Hall

The summer constellations are some of the beautiful seen in the sky and this summer the planet Saturn will...

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

UFOs: Seven Decades of an Unsolved Enigma

Friday, July 13, 8:00 PM | CCBC Catonsville

Banneker Planetarium | Math and Science Hall

What better way to celebrate Friday the 13th than to hear about UFOs? Join special guests Peter Resta and...

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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 14, 10:00 AM | CCBC Catonsville

Banneker Planetarium | Math and Science Hall

Numerous examples of constellations, moons and planets are named after female characters from both mythology and literature. Discover how...

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A show at the Benjamin Banneker Planetarium in CCBC Catonsville

Try This on for Size

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

Banneker Planetarium | Math and Science Hall

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

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Photo of a night stary night

The Perseid Meteor Shower (Children's show)

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

Banneker Planetarium | Math and Science Hall

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

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Beautiful night sky showcasing lots of stars in the distance.

Seasonal Equality

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

Banneker Planetarium | Math and Science Hall

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

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A show at the Benjamin Banneker Planetarium in CCBC Catonsville

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

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

Banneker Planetarium | Math and Science Hall

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

FREE. Open to the public. No...

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

Legends of the Heavens

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

Banneker Planetarium | Math and Science Hall

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

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Starry dark blue night sky

Space Witch (Children's shows)

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

Banneker Planetarium | Math and Science Hall

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

FREE. Open...

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

Happy Birthday Benjamin Banneker!

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

Banneker Planetarium | Math and Science Hall

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

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Comet sailing through a beautiful dark blue night sky.

Dudley the Curious Duckling (Children's show)

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

Banneker Planetarium | Math and Science Hall

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

FREE. Open to...

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Photo of an eclipse

The January 21st 2019 Lunar Eclipse

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

Banneker Planetarium | Math and Science Hall

Now that the hype and hubbub for the 2017 Great American Solar eclipse is over, what about the next...

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Winter night sky with snow capped trees

The Glorious Winter Sky (Children's show)

Saturday, December 8 | CCBC Catonsville

Banneker Planetarium | Math and Science Hall

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

FREE. Open to the public. No reservations...

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