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I’ve wanted to be a scientist almost as long as I can remember but my first real exposure to astronomy was in my sophomore year of high school when I took a Saturday morning class at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago. From then on I knew that I loved astronomy.
Astronomers study celestial phenomena, including the deaths of stars, the lives of planets and the formation of galaxies.
I sat down with three academics from Warwick’s Astronomy and Astrophysics Group to find out what really goes on behind the scenes.
Going to graduate school is a large commitment, and making the decision to do so can be a stressful process. In astronomy, in particular, I have encountered numerous students plagued by a series of ‘what ifs’, all of which seem to stem from a basic misconception about what going to astronomy graduate school actually means for your future.
There are many different career options available for Astronomy graduates. Below is a sample of types of positions that are available to Astronomy graduates. Note: This is not an exhaustive list as there are many other careers available. Many positions require additional education or experience.
Astronomy is the only science in which you cannot perform experiments directly ; you can’t weigh, touch or smell your subject matter… You can only observe the radiation ( visible light, radio, infra-red) which comes to earth.