Department of Astronomy

Professor: Bauer, French, McLeod (Chair)
Assistant Professor: Watters
Instructor in Astronomy Laboratory: Slivan

Astronomy is the study of the universe—from planets and stars to the Milky Way and distant galaxies, from the instant of the Big Bang to the current era of rapid expansion and beyond to the distant future. Modern astronomers rely on careful observations of the cosmos and on their understanding of physical laws to make sense of our often baffling, but always fascinating universe. The astronomy curriculum emphasizes hands-on observations at the Whitin Observatory, using a fleet of small telescopes in introductory courses and the 24-inch research telescope for advanced classes and student research. The underlying physical principles of astronomy are elucidated at all levels, from introductory courses for nonscience majors to upper level classes in advanced astrophysics.



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