Astronomy

Astronomical Observatory on Montgomery College's Rockville Campus
The Rockville Campus's Astronomical Observatory

Take an astronomy course at Montgomery College and gain an appreciation of the Earth's relationship to the universe. The basic laws of physics as they apply to astronomy are covered as are telescopes, data collection, and analysis techniques utilized by astronomers. The course also includes the evolution of stars, the solar system, galaxies, and the origin and evolution of the universe. Laboratory sessions, both computer-based and other, give practical applications to material covered in lectures.

Our top-ranked observatory and planetarium are used as part of the astronomy course curriculum, and for student research. 

Montgomery College does not offer a degree or certificate in astronomy.

Astronomy Courses

Observatory

The Rockville Science Center is home to the Montgomery College Astronomical Observatory. The observatory is used as part of the astronomy course curriculum, student research, as well as education and public outreach projects. Learn more about the observatory and upcoming events.

Planetarium

The Montgomery College Planetarium is located on the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus. The planetarium is used as part of the astronomy course curriculum and for public programs. Learn more about the planetarium and upcoming events

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