Astronomers apply the principles of physics and mathematics to learn more about the universe. They gather data on the characteristics of planets, moons, stars and other objects using telescopes and computer programs. Astronomers usually specialize in certain types of celestial bodies or events, such as black holes. Typical duties include developing and testing scientific theories, analyzing data and writing research proposals. They also spend time composing scientific papers and presenting their findings to others in the field.
A majority of astronomers work in colleges and universities. Usually
that means teaching as well as working on a favorite research project. About a third of the astronomers work for the government or government-supported institutions (e.g.
National Optical Astronomy Observatories
National Radio Astronomy Observatories
U.S. Naval Observatory
Space Telescope Science Institute
etc.). Another ten percent (or so) work in business and private industry either on space-related projects or other areas where an analytical person with great problem-solving skills is needed. The remainder works in science centers
and other (informal) education & public outreach (EPO) efforts.
Top Colleges In India
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
Address: CV Raman Rd, Devasandra Layout, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560012
Phone: 080 2293 2004
Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad
Address: Near Gujarat University, Navrangpura, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380009
Phone: 91-79-26302129, 91-79-26314000
Courses to be pursued
•Bachelor’s degree in Physics
Astronomy or a related field
•BS Programme (Bachelor of Science Programme) in Physics
Engineering or Maths
•B. Sc./M.Sc in Physics or Space Science
•B.Tech/B.Sc. and M.Sc./M.Tech. in Physics
Astronomy & Astrophysics
•PhD in Astronomy
•Nearly always work indoors.
•Usually work regular business hours. However, those who are deeply involved in research may work longer hours.
•Must be accurate and thorough in their work. Errors could cause equipment they designed not to work properly.
•Sometimes have to repeat the same mental tasks.
•Usually have the freedom to make decisions and set their daily tasks and goals independently.
•Sometimes must meet weekly and monthly deadlines, such as when teaching at a university.
•Astronomers must have the ability to solve complex problems •Conduct research •Accurately analyze data •They need strong math and science skills
along with being about to work within a team
•10+2 Science Stream •Graduation in Astronomical Engineering