Frequently Asked Questions

What does an astronomer do?

Astronomers are scientists that specialize in the study of space (the stars, galaxies, and planets above us) and its evolution. There are many different types of astronomy; most people choose to focus on one area (galactic astronomy, planetary astronomy, stellar astronomy, solar astronomy, cosmology or extragalactic astronomy).

Within every field, there are two distinct branches of study: the theoretical type and the observational type.

The theoretical aspect investigates astronomical phenomena and objects using analytical or computer models, while the observational branch is concerned with acquiring and analyzing data using basic physics principles.

Carrying out research, testing theories, running numerical models, observing space, reading publications, and so on are some of the typical tasks of an astronomer.