Study of astronomy and the exploration of the Universe will help you answer two fundamental questions:
What are we?
How do we know?
Astronomy is important to you because it will tell you what you are. Notice that the question is not “ Who are we?” If you want to know who we are, you may want to talk to a sociologist, theologian, artist, or poet. “ What are we?” is a fundamentally different question
As you study astronomy, you will learn how you fit into the history of the Universe. You will learn that the atoms in your body had their birth in the big bang when the Universe began. Those atoms have been cooked and remade inside generations of stars, and now, after more than 10 billion years, they are still inside you. Where will they be in another 10 billion years? This is a story everyone should know, and astronomy is the only course on campus that can tell you that story.
In short studying astronomy is one of the best possible way to understand what are we & how do we get here.