As an astronomer, you will usually perform either observational or theoretical tasks. You will study the movement and position of stars, planets, galaxies and other objects, their physical and chemical properties and their origins and evolution.
- observe objects in space, from the Earth's surface and via orbiting satellites, using a wide range of specialised telescopes or detectors
- design and attach special equipment to telescopes or spacecraft when necessary
- make calculations from mathematical and physical principles to study the behaviour of matter and energy in the visible universe
- record, analyse and compare results of observations using complex electronic and computer equipment
- develop theories to explain recorded observations and to make predictions, and express these as mathematical equations
- attempt to understand the fundamental nature, origin and evolution of the universe
- investigate the formation and evolution of the solar system
- use computers to produce star catalogues and tables of measurements for use in navigation, surveying, time determination and other disciplines
- develop instruments and detectors for all radiation observed from the Earth's surface or via spacecraft
Many astronomers find work in related fields such as physics, applied mathematics and computing, and it is advisable to complete an additional major in one of these fields.
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