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Due to inclement weather, WNC campuses will close at 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 20. Campuses will also be closed Saturday, Jan. 21. The Saturday closure specifically impacts a driver education class and the American Legion Oratorical Contest, hosted by the Veterans Resource Center, which are cancelled for tomorrow. Note: Students are encouraged to make any outstanding payments online, however the payment deadline will be extended to Friday, Jan. 27 at 5 p.m.


Astronomy is the science of celestial objects, such as stars, planets, comets, and galaxies, and phenomena that originate outside the earth’s atmosphere, such as auroras and cosmic background radiation. It is concerned with the evolution, physics, chemistry, meteorology, and motion of celestial objects, as well as the formation and development of the universe.

Astronomy is a discipline in the Liberal Arts division.

Current AST course offerings:

AST-100 Special Topics: White Dwarfs, Neutron Stars and Black Holes
AST-105 Introductory Astronomy Laboratory
AST-109 Planetary Astronomy
AST-110 Stellar Astronomy
AST-115 Birth of Astrophysics
AST-118 Astronomical Instrumentation
AST-120 Introduction to Astrobiology
AST-190 Projects in Observational Astronomy
AST-198 Special Topics in Astronomy
AST-290 Internship in Astronomy
AST-299 Directed Study