One of the most innovative parts about our program here at York is how hands on it is. Being and astronomer you really need to know how to use the telescope, you really need to know how to use the CCD, you really need
to know how to reduce your data. Because we have our very own observatory, ever single year when you’re in your astronomy class you get to learn how to do all these really cool things. In first year astronomy we were able to measure the rotation period of the sun by doing our very own observations of the sun, taking our own images, and in second and fourth year we were able to image galaxies. That was incredible.