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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the department located?

The Department of Astrophysics & Planetary Science is located in Room 456 Mendel Science Center. The general office number is 610-519-4820. (Directions to campus).

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What exactly is astronomy?

Astronomy is a physical science concerned with the smallest particles and the largest natural objects. The name Astronomy comes from the Greek roots Astr- and -nomia to literally mean "name stars". Astronomy is the study of everything outside of the earth's atmosphere and their chemical and physical properties. Astronomy is a science that studies everything outside of the earth's atmosphere, such as planets, stars, asteroids, galaxies; and the properties and relationships of those celestial bodies. Astronomers base their studies on research and observation.

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What can I do with a degree in astronomy & astrophysics?

Astronomy is one of the oldest sciences and throughout the ages mankind has had a fascination for observing the night sky and recording the movements of the Heavens. Living in the Space Age, we are fortunate to be of the generation which pioneers the exploration of the environment beyond our own planet Earth.

There are plenty of career opportunities for astronomy majors. If you're talented, commit yourself strongly, and work hard, you may end up as a professional astronomer. Many of these are astronomy professors; others work as researchers for NASA or other research organizations.

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What type of research facilities do you have?

The Department of Astrophysics & Planetary Science is well-equipped with facilities that include research laboratories, research equipment, observatory, and computer facilities.

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