How to become an Astronomer!

Love Space? By: Aryan Nambiar


Have you ever looked up at the night sky and thought about how good the sky looks with all the shiny stars or maybe you seen pictures of planets or galaxies? Do you love space and just love learning about it? All of that connects with astronomy! Astronomy is the oldest of natural sciences. This is the only type of science where you cannot perform experiments directly. You can’t weigh, touch or even smell the subject of matter. You can only observe in this type of science. Astronomy is an exciting type of science!!

What Should You Do now?

Some stuff that you can do now if you want to become an astronomer is that you could start studying early on the subject of astronomy. Textbooks, websites, etc. are all very good resources for studying astronomy. In high school, you could focus on math, science computing or even studying abroad. Try to take classes that could help to be a better communicator on paper or in person.In college, most people that are astronomers have their PhD in astronomy or physics. There are about 100 U.S colleges that offer astronomy. It is important to maintain good grades because graduate schools are competitive as an undergraduate. You are going to have to take a Graduate Record Exam to get into any U.S college and many astronomy programs require you to have a GRE in Physics. The whole process to become an astronomer would take about 9 years so you’re going to have to be dedicated, patient, and passionate.

Day to Day Life of an Astronomer

Most astronomers focus on one particular subject in astronomy like planetary science, solar astronomy, or evolution of stars. There is many types of sciences in the astronomy field. Observational astronomers carry out observing planets with a telescope or spacecraft to test or predict theories. Astronomers don’t use eyepieces on the telescopes now. They instead use sophisticated digital cameras attached to a telescope, computers to gather, research, and analyze data. That takes up most of their time at the desk analyzing data, creating computer programs for them to better analyze their data, completing papers,and attending meetings. There are many flexible hours that have to meet their unique job environments.

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Professionals in the Field

Some professionals in the field of astronomy are Galileo, Guy Consolmagno and Emily Lakdawalla. Galileo was the first astronomer that discovered Sunspots. He is known as the as the father of modern astronomy. Guy Consolmagno and Emily Lakdawalla are very successful astronomers. Guy has won an award for great communication in planetary sciences and Emily is well known because she is on the Weekly Planetary Podcast. These are some Professionals in the Astronomy Field.


After getting your PhD, then you can look for a job as a professional astronomer. Astronomers work in all sorts of places, not just in universities. You could work in a professional space agency like NASA. There are also lots of chances to travel as an astronomer.So if you have always wondered what is going on in that beautiful night sky up in space, than you should become an astronomer. That’s some of the facts you should know if you have ever wanted to become an astronomer. And remember, the sky’s the limit!!

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Studying Abroad- A student is given an opportunity to leave the country and study in a different country.

Theory- An idea that can prove something.

Evolution- When something evolves into something to a more complex form.

Environments- The surroundings or conditions of a person, animal, or plants.

Undergraduate- A person in college or university that has not earned his/hers bachelor's degree.