Asteroid 2005 YU55 was imaged by Zach Schierl '12 on the evening of November 8, 2011. The asteroid appears as a streak because it was moving across the sky very rapidly. 2005 YU55 is an Earth-crossing asteroid with the potential to impact the Earth. When this picture was taken, the asteroid was actually passing inside the radius of the Moon's orbit!
Standard Majors and Minor
Whitman has an Astronomy major and standard combined majors in Physics-Astronomy and Astronomy-Geology. There is also an Astronomy Minor. Students interested in graduate work in astronomy are encouraged to major in physics with an astronomy minor, or in Physics-Astronomy since most graduate schools look for some equivalent of an undergraduate degree in physics. Some students with other interests have also designed combined majors such as Astronomy-Mathematics. For more details about major and minor requirements, look at the college catalog. For details about student learning goals for Astronomy, click here.