Astronomers explore the origin and nature of the universe, its galaxies, stars, planets, and other matter that it contains. Astronomy is all around us—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 worldwide 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.

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Interested in Astronomy?

Whether you’re an amateur stargazer or science 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 fascinated by the universe, and this exciting, rapidly developing field of atmospheric science. Browse the ECC Career Coach Website for relevant data on wages, employment, and education needed to for a career as a physicist or astronomer working in a research lab or observatory. 


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Classes in Astronomy apply towards your Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, and Associate in Fine Arts degrees.

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