MAS Observatory Astronomy—the scientific study of matter in outer space, especially the positions, dimensions, motion, energy, and evolution of celestial bodies and phenomena—can be explored via a cosmic journey at the Museum of Arts and Sciences.

One of the oldest sciences, Astronomy is a natural science that generally deals with the study of celestial objects (such as stars, planets, comets, nebulae, star clusters and galaxies), phenomena that originate outside the atmosphere of Earth (such as the cosmic background radiation), and the formation and development of the universe.

Visit our on-campus exhibitions, events, services and venues, including the Mark Smith Planetarium and Observatory, or the portable traveling Discovery Dome.



Astronomy Resources

Interested in astronomy and space exploration? There are lots of available online resources related to the science. Check out these listed below!

  • 10 Free iPhone Apps for Spectacular Stargazing: These apps for iPhone are all free and all can be used to determine just what’s up in the sky.
  • Observing With NASA: Control your very own research telescope and take astronomy images for free! This Harvard site is easy to use and allows you to choose an astronomical object to photograph. The telescope does its work and sends you your images within a few days. The site also includes a free program for combining the FITS telescope images into a color JPEG.
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day: Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

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