Astronomy is the study of the universe beyond the Earth’s atmosphere.
It explores the physics, chemistry, and evolution of objects like moons, planets, stars, nebulae, and galaxies, as well as features like supernovae explosions and cosmic background radiation.
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Degree options: Any degree, minor
As part of the Department of Physics, a minor in astronomy at Mount Allison combines astronomy-related courses in physics with complementary courses in a number of other disciplines including biology, chemistry, environmental science, philosophy, computer science, and mathematics.
Astronomy courses include such topics as:
- Solar system astronomy
- Stars, galaxies and the Universe
- Life in the Universe
In addition to formal astronomy courses, the physics department offers a number of advanced courses relevant to those planning a career in astrophysics, including modern optics, classical mechanics, relativity, and signal processing.
Find a list of astronomy courses in the academic calendar – physics.
Popular career paths for astronomy graduates include:
- aerospace engineer
- atmospheric physicist
- computer systems analyst
- mining/geological engineer
- forensic engineer
- telescope structures/optics specialist
“The thing I love most about the astronomy program at Mount Allison
is the hands-on experience it gives you. Whether it be in a class-based
lab, or through a summer research position, you are given a chance to do
hands-on astronomy at a high level.”
Honours physics, minors in astronomy and mathematics (’14)
Port Williams, NS
The Mount Allison Gemini Observatory (MAGO) is a dual-dome astronomical observational observatory housing two identical 11" Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes. It is used extensively by the physics department for hands-on astronomy classes, as well as being open to the public for special viewing nights and activities. Some of the celestial objects viewed through our telescopes include planets and moons of our solar system, nebulae, star clusters, and galaxies.
Dr. Catherine Lovekin
Assistant professor, physics (astronomy)
Research interests: the structure and evolution of massive stars, asterosiesmology, binary stars, luminous blue variables (LBVs), mass loss