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Program Features

As an introductory astronomy minor, you will have several resources right at your fingertips in addition to the expertise of our faculty.

On campus, you will be provided with educational experiences outside of the classroom by using our Planetarium and Observatory. TheĀ observatory contains telescopes of various sizes and types that bring the moon, bright planets, and stars to life. It is an excellent resource for training new observers to plan and carry out observing programs. TheĀ planetarium is a sky theatre that can simulate the night sky at any place on Earth, at any time of the year and is an excellent facility for helping to visualize coordinate systems and changes in the sky over time.

Ball State has teamed with the Southeastern Association for Research in Astronomy (SARA) to bring you the best in research-grade equipment. We are the first university outside the American Southeast to join SARA, a consortium providing member institutions with research opportunities for faculty and students. Students completing the introductory minor may use the 0.9-m telescope located on Kitt Peak in Arizona or the 0.6-m telescope in Chile to complete advanced observing projects.