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An astronomer is generally described as a scientist who focuses primarily on the study of outer space, which includes the stars, the planets and the galaxies. In ancient times, it was described almost as a study of the unknown, as people were curious about what was in the sky and wanted answers for what they considered phenomena. Despite scientific advances, there is still a certain sense of mystery to what is in the skies above us, and astronomers focus on research that allows us to analyze the stars and planets.

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