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does anyone know if i study (physics with) space science at uni, could i then go on to doing astronomy in the future?
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Yes, astronomy is a subfield of astrophysics, which is a subfield of physics. Most astrophysicists would've just done a physics degree at undergrad - they might have taken more options in astrophysics related topics though, and may have engaged in observational astronomy activities outside of their degree (or possibly within it if they/their uni has access to e.g. a radio telescope that can collect astrophysical data).
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Yes, astronomy is a subfield of astrophysics, which is a subfield of physics. Most astrophysicists would've just done a physics degree at undergrad - they might have taken more options in astrophysics related topics though, and may have engaged in observational astronomy activities outside of their degree (or possibly within it if they/their uni has access to e.g. a radio telescope that can collect astrophysical data).
oh i see, that's interesting. thank you!
also, i'm planning to take a mphys course at uni. from what you've just said, i presume it's still alright to "move from" space science to astronomy?
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oh i see, that's interesting. thank you!
also, i'm planning to take a mphys course at uni. from what you've just said, i presume it's still alright to "move from" space science to astronomy?
Yes, as long as you're doing a physics degree you'll have the requisite background. Bear in mind astronomy as done by physicists isn't normally optical astronomy but using e.g. radio telescopes, X-Ray telescopes (in space) etc. The visible range of the EM spectrum is after all a fairly small section of the full range of EM radiation that can be detected from objects in space! Just so you are aware, physically looking at stars with ones eyes using an optical telescope is mainly a hobby now (albeit one that I think a number of (astro)physicists engage in!). Normally the actual physics will be done with using data from other, bigger telescopes that detect different EM radiation.
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Yes, as long as you're doing a physics degree you'll have the requisite background. Bear in mind astronomy as done by physicists isn't normally optical astronomy but using e.g. radio telescopes, X-Ray telescopes (in space) etc. The visible range of the EM spectrum is after all a fairly small section of the full range of EM radiation that can be detected from objects in space! Just so you are aware, physically looking at stars with ones eyes using an optical telescope is mainly a hobby now (albeit one that I think a number of (astro)physicists engage in!). Normally the actual physics will be done with using data from other, bigger telescopes that detect different EM radiation.
thank you for all your help in both this thread and the other one you replied to! ^_^
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