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Students wishing to pursue Astronomy at MIT have several options. Many astronomy classes are offered jointly between Course 8 (Physics) and Course 12 (Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, or EAPS). While there is no astronomy major, an astronomy minor is offered jointly between the departments. A double major is usually possible, especially with the physics flexible option.


Popular astronomy classes include:

12.410/8.287 (observational techniquies in optical astronomy) Students complete independent research projects at Wallace Observatory.

8.282 (intro to astronomy) A 9 unit (3/4 of a regular class) class which fits nicely into the schedule of a second semester freshman.

8.286 (the early universe) A course on intro cosmology, taught by Alan Guth.


Astronomy research takes place in the Astrophysics division located primarily in building 37, and in the Planetary Sciences division of EAPS.


Wallace Observatory has a 24", a 16", and several 14" telescopes. The observatory is used regularly for research, especially by summer UROP students.

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