Astronomy at Berry College


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Berry College is home to a variety of astronomical activities, including:

  • Dual-degree astronomy program: Berry maintains a dual-degree astronomy program with the University of Hawaii at Hilo.  In this program students take three years of courses at Berry and then transfer to UH-H.  After two years at Hilo they can earn a BS in General Physics from Berry and a BS in Astronomy from UH-H.  More information on this program is available here.
  • Astronomy courses: Berry College typically offers one introductory astronomy course each regular semester. Night labs for these are held at the Pew Observatory twice each semester.
  • Group Observatory Visits: We host visiting groups at the observatory for both daytime and nighttime events. Daytime events (usually for younger children) feature sunspot viewing and using shadows to track the motion of the sun. Nighttime events include telescope viewing and a tour of the constellations. If you would like to schedule a visit, contact   Dr. Todd Timberlake.
  • Star Parties: Star parties are open to anyone in the Berry community: students, staff, faculty, and friends of the college. Star parties usually include telescope viewing and a tour of the constellations. Star parties may also be scheduled for special events like a meteor shower, a transit of the International Space Station, or viewing a comet. We try to hold at least three star parties each semester. Star parties may be held at the Pew Observatory or in the Clara Bowl near the Ford Buildings.
  • Solar System Trail: The Viking Solar System Trail is a one-billion-to-one scale model of the solar system painted onto the Viking Trail, a hike/bike trail that runs from the Main Campus of Berry College to the Mountain Campus. The trail is open to off-campus visitors during daylight hours. Click here  for more information about the Viking Solar System Trail.
  • Sunspot Viewing: Once or twice each semester we offer the Berry community the chance to safely view sunspots. Sunspot viewings are usually held on Main Campus.
  • Astrophotography: We are trying to start a program in astrophotography for interested Berry students. We are still in the very early phases of this project.

Please be aware that all of these events are highly weather dependent. Events may be cancelled on short notice if the skies are cloudy.

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