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Course and laboratory work in astronomy explores the physical and observational background of such topics as the history of astronomy, naked eye observations, the planets and moons, the origin of the solar system, stellar classification, stellar evolution, galactic astronomy, and cosmology, with an emphasis on the quantitative nature of modern astronomy.
The Department of Physics and Astronomy Honors Day celebration will include the Sigma Pi Sigma initiation ceremony, the seminar by alumnus Mike Gasda, the honors banquet (RSVP to Beth Jeffries), and awards.