Where to Study Astronomy and Space Sciences?

Astronomy is learned during the last years of university but it often takes more than 5 years of study to become an astronomer. It is even insufficient because astronomy is so vast that you have to choose a specialty (astrophysics, cosmology, optics, radio astronomy, etc.). Sometimes some students only start working at the age of 25 or 28, having spent most of their youth studying.

Your diploma in your pocket you will be able to work but you will still have to present the result of your researches to become “doctor” in science and to work in an observatory or to teach the students.

If you like teaching you can become a lecturer or teacher and teach most of your time. Most astronomers also have another degree (engineering, aggregation, journalism, etc.) or contacts with companies because sometimes there is no place in observatories or research laboratories. This allows them to continue working while waiting to make a day of astronomy.

For the astronaut the course is sometimes different and a training of military pilot is sometimes sufficient if for example you only want to become pilot or engineer on board the international space station (ISS) or the future shuttles. But in any case all astronauts are engineers, they have a university degree in science or technology. Some, like F. Story Musgrave even has seven university degrees and not least.

 

If you want to become an astronomer, astronaut or engineer you must love and know math, mechanics and physics because you will use it during your job to make calculations and invent theories that will allow you to better understand the phenomena that you observed and sometimes to predict new events.

On the other hand, if you do not like mathematics or physics, you can still become an astronomer by changing your orientation during your university studies. It’s more difficult but if you learned philosophy for example, you can still change your option and study astronomy and one day become a researcher if you really want to. Check out this article to find out about astronomer and other astronaut formations.

If the university or the work of astronomer does not interest you, the job of animator remains open to you. It is accessible to amateur astronomers or enthusiasts who are very familiar with astronomy. Many regularly appear on astronomy discussion forums. You can also orient yourself towards the job of scientific journalist (editor). But these trades increasingly require a university degree or proof of having worked in this field for several years (as animator, presenter, writer, journalist, columnist, etc.).

So good luck for the future, the sky is so vast that there can be no competition between astronomers!

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  1. John Wick Alexandria

    Visually, the quasars look like bluish stars a little blurry but unlike the stars, they are among the farthest objects in the universe. These are galaxies whose nucleus emits a lot of energy. Most quasars are hundreds of millions or even billions of light years away!

    On the thousands of cataloged quasars, two quasars are visible in a small telescope 20 cm in diameter: NGC 5128 Centaurus A of magnitude 7.6 and 3C273 in the constellation of the Virgin of magnitude 12.8. The latter photographed here on the left is more than 2 billion light-years away and to see it one would think that it is close to the Milky Way. You see it as it was here … 2 billion years ago, when life appeared on Earth! Today this quasar has no doubt disappeared.

    Despite being located very far in the universe, quasars are often as bright as 1000 galaxies! In fact astronomers believe that the quasars owe their intense energy and sometimes radioelectric energy to the activity of a huge black hole that would hide in their core. But how do we know that it would be a hole black since we do not see it?

    As a reminder, a black hole is a star that has collapsed on itself and is a few kilometers in diameter. But its attraction is so strong that it captures everything that passes near it, even 100 billion kilometers, including the stars. After billions of years, by capturing stars and gas, it can become gigantic and reach millions of kilometers in diameter.

    It is black and therefore invisible because it prevents even the light from leaving its surface. However, all the gas he captures wraps around him like a swirl, revealing his presence in space.

    The black hole is the only star that can create enough energy to explain the intense radiation of the quasars and other galaxies whose nucleus is very bright and very active.

    Astronomers have discovered many galaxies that seem to harbor black holes; all have either a very bright nucleus or emit jets of matter very suspicious at very great distances. It has been found in the Great Cloud of Magellan, in the Andromeda galaxy M31, in the heart of the galaxy “Sombrero” M104, that of M82, etc. There would even be a small black hole in the heart of the Milky Way.

    As we will see in the next chapter, in the future these black holes will grow and probably absorb all the stars and even all the galaxies in the universe.

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