Astronomy is the scientific study of matter in outer space, especially the positions, dimensions, distribution, motion, composition, energy, and evolution of celestial bodies and phenomena.
One of the oldest sciences, astronomers of ancient Greece practiced a scientific methodology, and advanced observation techniques. Historically, amateur astronomers have contributed to many important astronomical discoveries, and astronomy is one of the few sciences where amateurs can still play an active role, especially in the discovery and observation of transient phenomena.
OCC has one of the most advanced astronomy programs at the community college level. The Novins Planetarium is being reborn to become one of the most outstanding planetariums in the country. OCC has obtained some of the most outstanding scientists to teach the astronomy courses. For those who are timid about taking college level science courses this can be a great place to start.