Why study astronomy?

Combined X-Ray and Optical Images of the Crab Nebula.

Astronomy is one of the oldest sciences — people have long been fascinated by the beauty and wonder of the night sky.

Are you one of those people? Are you interested in the births and deaths of stars, black holes, meteors and asteroids?

Can you imagine time stretching back 15 billion years to the Big Bang — the birth of the universe?

Astronomy is the branch of physics that studies celestial objects — stars, planets, comets, nebulae, star clusters and galaxies — as well as phenomena beyond the earth such as cosmic background radiation.

Astronomers strive to understand the universe. Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?

What can you do with a degree in Astronomy & Astrophysics?

Some students pursue post-graduate studies in astronomy and astrophysics in order to become professional astronomers while others may choose careers in teaching, planetarium work or in space-related activities in industry or government.

Some graduates have chosen careers in other disciplines such as geophysics, atmospheric physics, aerospace studies, remote sensing, and computer science.

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