Astronomy is the scientific study of all objects in space.  That includes things like planets, galaxies, asteroids, astrophotography, the Big Bang, black holes, and even cosmology, which is the science of the origin and development of the universe.

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Our natural human curiosity has many of us looking to the stars as much of space is still a great mystery.  We have much to learn and not only to appease that curiosity, but also for the scientific value that comes from space exploration.

The science of space can give us insight into how our own planet was formed, how others may have died out, and what we learn from that can be beneficial for our future.  Space also has options for potential colonization of other worlds and the more we can learn, the quicker we can get there.  For those curious about space, there is a great opportunity to ask questions about it.  Sure, you can ask Uncle Google, but of course, you can't always believe everything you read on the internet.

The Staff at the UMD Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium have been putting on some great live and virtual events throughout the global COVID-19 pandemic.  They are knowledgeable, friendly, and every event that I have see is done really well.  The next one is called "Ask an Astronomer", and the title basically sums it up.  You can ask away and hopefully get some good answers to all things space.  It's on Saturday, March 20th at 7:00PM.  It's totally free and available to anyone on or off Facebook.  You can get more details on catching this live event HERE.

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