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what professions are there related to astronomy other than astronaut?

i`m only 16 but i am thinking about going into astronomy but i don’t have a clue what you have to do for it! it would be really helpful if you could mention uni courses to get into it? and how hard is it? any suggestions about NASA?

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7 Responses to “what professions are there related to astronomy other than astronaut?”

  1. fukuluku said :

    astronauts are not related to astronomy.. You should get a physics degree and then specialize in your filed of interest, in this case, astronomy.

  2. Doc89891 said :

    Astronomers and astronauts don’t necessarily go hand in hand. Astronomers spend a lot of time on computers analyzing data from telescopes, space probes and the like. They may design the software for space missions or at least lend a hand, but are generally not the ones who “go out there”. If you want to be a scientist and study the universe – astronomy may be for you; if you want to help manually explore the Moon, Mars, and other worlds – astronautics is more in line with what you want.

  3. ansrdog said :

    NASA does a lot of space science work, but its greatest concern overall is probably aerospace engineering, the task of directing the design and construction of space vehicles and probes. Much of this work is actually done by private aerospace contractors rather than NASA, though.

    Do you most enjoy pure science, like studying the physics of the stars and planets, or are you interested in applied science and engineering, like building and launching satellites? That’s something to think about and could determine whether you want to get a science degree in astronomy or physics, or an engineering degree in aerospace and mechanics.

    If you’re most interested in the science aspect, I’d suggest studying physics (how planets and stars move), chemistry (how atmospheres are formed and composed), and geology (how surface features are created and changed). Read up on the subject and see what catches your interest…good luck!

  4. dis_orient_ed said :

    The joke when I was an undergrad applied mathematics was that the graduate astronomy students and junior faculty daily read the obituaries rather than the help wanted ads when looking for work.

    One fellow undergrad, an astronomy major, cursed in my presence while doing a physics problem. He expressed his disappointment saying that it was too difficult for him to visualize more than 10 dimensions at one time. I said that I have a problem with 4 (I was in the process of flunking the div grad curl part of calculus), how could he do 10? Oh, easy, he said, x,y,z, and t and momentum and acceleration in the spatial directions. I believed him.

    Study astronomy for the love of it. I was in kindergarten when sputnik went up and we all dreamed of being physicists and engineers and astronauts. Physics and math and more physics and more math should be your coursework. Take a few other sciences and engineering to see how the theory you are learning is applied–just for a breadth of education.

    The Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena has summer programs for high school students. Try to get into one.

  5. ? said :

    You’ll need to learn math, chemistry, physics, and of course astronomy. There are lots of universities that have astronomy programs. You could look up the one nearest you that has one, and call and ask for an advisor to answer some of your questions. See if there is a planetarium nearby and visit that, and ask questions. I think NASA lists their job openings on the webpage, take a look at what some of those are. Go on a tour of any of the NASA facilities and ask questions there too. I visited the one in Florida and it was so amazing.

  6. Colin said :

    I think Astrophysics is one, not too sure though.

  7. Curious said :




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