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Welcome to the home page for the Astronomy program at West Valley College in Saratoga, California.

Colorized Moon Image

We'd like to thank the Association of Science - Technology Centers, NASA and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics for the opportunity to participate in the "Capture the Colorful Cosmos" workshop and to receive a micro-grant.

View astronomical image, such as the one to the right, taken with a robotic telescope with image processing by WVC astronomy students utilizing MicroObservatory.

Questions? Please email Benjamin Mendelsohn


Required Materials for Laboratory Classes

There are a number of class related materials you will need for this course. With the exception of the star wheel, which is available at the Campus Bookstore, you may pick up these items at Longs Drugs, Walgreens, etc. Basic scientific calculators are less than $20. You do not need a graphing calculator for this class. It just needs to be able to handle scientific notation and calculate logs.

  • Colored Pencils
  • Drawing Compass
  • Metric Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Protractor
  • Scientific Calculator
  • Start Wheel (Planisphere)

These are required materials. Having these materials on hand insures that you can complete the lab assignments within the allotted time period. You must have them with you for every class. If you don’t have them, this will be reflected in a lower laboratory score.

Night Sky Resources

A Photographic Tour of the Universe

Solar System

last published: 5/23/18