Eastern’s Astronomy program brings science and faith together through rigorous study and hands-on research with state-of-the-art facilities in our Observatory and digital fulldome Planetarium. Students aspiring to a career in Astronomy will discover a challenging array of courses taught in physics, math, computer science and astronomy designed to encourage growth in not only knowledge but faith as well. Outside of taking courses related to Astronomy and the Physical Sciences, students can also minor in Astronomy.
The minor in Astronomy at Eastern University prepares students for a deep understanding in astronomy through a challenging array of courses in physics and astronomy designed to encourage growth in not only knowledge but faith as well.
Students work closely with professional astronomers and participate in publishable research, and present papers at professional meetings. Competitive summer research opportunities are available.
Jensen Okimoto ('16 THC graduate) along with William Schwartz ('14 THC graduate), Steven Sanders (Observatory Administrator), and David Bradstreet (Professor of Astronomy) were all co-authors on this work, which highlighted two overcontact binary star systems observed and analyzed for the first time using Eastern's observatory. The two stars of one of the binary systems appear to have only recently come into contact with each other, a rare event to capture, and will be studied at Eastern for years to come.