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Careers in Astronomy and Space Science range widely and include:

  • Conducting observations to study how stars and planet form
  • Designing and building satellites to search for planets around other stars or to visit planets in our own solar system
  • Taking and interpreting observations of distant exploding stars to determine the age and fate of the universe
  • Developing models of orbiting black holes and neutron stars spiraling into each other to explain gamma ray bursts

Most careers in Astronomy require a B.S. in Physics, and careers in Space Science can be pursued with either a B.S. in Physics or another technical degree (e.g., in Engineering) with a minor in Physics/Astronomy.

To learn more about Careers in Astronomy, follow the links below:

Click here for the American Astronomical Society's information about careers in astronomy.

Click here for the National Optical Astronomical Observatories' FAQs about a career in astronomy.

Click here for Physics Today's link to careers in astronomy and astrophysics.


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