“We have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.”
– Tombstone epitaph of two amateur astronomers
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Astronomy, the science of the stars, planets, galaxies, and black holes, fascinates people of all ages. It is the oldest science, yet it is also the most intriguing because the study of astronomy will help to answer the most important questions human beings can ask:
- How did the universe begin?
- What is the current structure of the universe?
- How is the universe changing?
- How do the planet Earth and its inhabitants fit into the larger universe of space and time?
The study of Astronomy-Physics at UIS is a thematic activity. Students who wish to focus their education in this subject usually do so through a B.A. in Liberal Studies or an M.A. in Individual Option.
In addition to course offerings, UIS Astronomy-Physics actively reaches out to the community, providing opportunities to learn about the astronomical universe through Star Parties, Disability-Friendly Support, and Community Updates of upcoming eclipses and other astronomical phenomena.