View courses, degrees, and/or certificates for this program in the catalog.

This department is in the division of Science.

Astronomy is the study of the vast universe around us. We start on the earth and sweep outward past the moon to the planets of the solar system and our sun, one of the billions of stars in our galaxy.

Observatory in Mountains

On our journey through the universe, we explore an exciting realm populated by black holes, quasars, red giants, white dwarfs, and more.

Astronomy is taught in a modern planetarium which accurately simulates the nighttime sky, showing the positions and motions of the stars and planets. The real sky can be viewed through the sixteen-inch reflector telescope in the N. A. Richardson Astronomical Observatory.

Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution and major in either physics or astronomy should consult with a counselor regarding the transfer process and lower division requirements.


Upcoming Lectures:


The James Webb Space Telescope: Shedding light on Dark Matter and Dark Energy

The Universe is 95% “dark.” What do we currently know about dark matter and dark energy, and how will the first data from the legendary James Webb Space Telescope deepen our understanding? Join our lecture to learn what new insights we are gaining into cosmology!

Date: Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022
Time:  7:00-8:00 PM PST
Location: Bishop Auditorium (Stanford) and YouTube
Tickets: Free but RSVP is required through EventBrite
For more information, please see flyer.