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What to do with Astronomy degree?

Astronomy / January 13, 2017

Astronomy is the study of everything from meteors and stars to planets and galaxies. People who study astronomy may study specific masses, such as the moon or sun, or various aspects of the universe as a whole. What specific things can you do with an astronomy degree? This article answers that question and more by providing examples of a few higher education facilities with noteworthy astronomy programs and career paths you can take once you earn a degree in astronomy.

Famous Astronomers

Throughout history, the world has produced some very well-known astronomers who have given us insight into the endless abyss of space. Just a few examples of notable astronomers across the ages are listed here in this section.

Eratosthenes (276 BCE-195 BCE) discovered that the planet Earth is round, not flat, contrary to popular belief at the time.

Claudius Ptolemy (AD 90- 168) created the geocentric model of space, implying that all masses revolve around Earth, which has since been disproved. We now use the heliocentric model, created by Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543), noting that the planets of our solar system revolve around the sun.

Tycho Brahe (1546-1601) studied the planets and stars, studying both a supernova and a comet as closely as possible at the time, keeping track of their measurements and what travel [if any] each did, which led to the disproving of the common belief that outer space never changes.

Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) is best known for his work on drastically improving the invention of the telescope and charting stars and planets.

Sir Isaac Newton (1643-1727) developed the three main laws of physics, or forces applied to objects, by studying the concept of gravity.

Albert Einstein (1879-1955) is known for his eye-opening concepts of space and time, how the laws of physics may be the same throughout the entire universe, and how gravity distorts space-time, making it unlike the speed of time on Earth.

Astronomy Degree Programs

If astronomy seems to be a particularly appealing subject to you, consult with your high school guidance counselor to find ways you can prepare to study astronomy before graduating from high school. Your school may offer a few courses that just might advance your knowledge of astronomy enough that you will be able to better grasp some newer concepts taught in universities and colleges around the world.