Astronomy is the earliest of the scientific disciplines. In historic times, astronomy was the study of the motions of the sun and moon and planets through the stars as well as more transcient events such as comets and eclipses.
In modern times, astronomy has become much more complex. We have reached a level of understanding that allows us to attempt to explain all manner of phenomena: binary star systems, supernovae, merging galaxies, large scale structure, and the fate of the universe. We can observe the universe at almost all wavelengths of electromagnetic radiation, from radio waves to gamma rays. We use a vast array of technology to explore the cosmos - from the enormous radio dish at Arecibo to the orbiting space observatories such as Hubble and COBE. There seems to be no end to the fascinating discoveries.
This is a listing of astronomy departments and physics departments with strong emphasis on astronomy. If any have been left out, please let us know.
Since the list is rather, well, long, here are a few that I would recommend as good departments to start off with.
Harvard, CalTech, UC Berkley, U of Arizona, U of Michigan (Go Blue!), U of Washington, Princeton, Penn State, UC Santa Cruz, U of Chicago
NAAA contact:Julia Plummer, GSFC '97