Astronomers explore the origin and nature of the universe, its galaxies, stars, planets, and other matter that it contains. Astronomy is all around us—just look up!
Have you ever looked at the night sky and wondered what exists beyond our universe? Earth’s dynamic sun is the source of all life on our planet. The motions of astronomical objects determine the day-night cycle, the seasons of the year, the tides, the timing of eclipses, and the visibility of comets and meteor showers. Astronomical events have also formed the basis for timekeeping, navigation, and myths in cultures around the world for thousands of years. Much of astronomy is visual, providing detailed images of planets, galaxies and other deep-sky objects, and can be appreciated for its aesthetic appeal as well as scientific depth.
Whether you’re an amateur stargazer or STEM superstar, the Department of Astronomy offers courses for students who are interested in studying the cosmos, students in pursuit of an associate degree, and anyone simply fascinated by the universe and this exciting, rapidly developing field of science.
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