Astronomy and Astrophysicist

Astronomy is the study of moon, stars,sun, planets, comets, galaxy, dust, gas and other objects which are present in the space. While Astrophysicist explore physical properties of the objects which are related to outer space such as stars, planets etc.

Career Options

  • - Career in physics / mathematics / engineering graduate with a specialization or a Ph.D. in Astronomy & Astrophysics. - Research Scientist Several research institutes and government organizations employ research scientists in various academic grades for research oriented programs. - University Faculty There will be more openings in the universities especially in physics departments - Industry Experience with sophisticated astronomical instrumentation. - Expertise gained in computer programming and handling data.

Educational Qualifications

  • - 10+2 Science Stream - Graduation in Astronomical Engineering

Personal Skills

  • - Interested in a career that offers continual intellectual stimulation - Able to stay abreast of latest advancements in the field - Able to remain passionate about your work - Able to apply scientific and mathematical concepts to solving complex problems - Excellent analytical skills and strong imagination

Courses to be pursued

  • - A Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree in astronomy - Astrophysics or physics may qualify you for entry – level jobs in astrophysics - A Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree in astrophysics is required for most research assistant and consulting positions - A doctoral (Ph.D.) degree in astrophysics

Top Colleges

  • Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) - Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Mumbai  Address: Homi Bhabha Road, Colaba , Mumbai (Mumbai Dist.) - 400005  Maharashtra Phone no.: 91-22-2278 2000 / 2618 Website:
  • Indian Institute of Technology - Bombay Address: Main Gate Rd, IIT Area, Powai, Mumbai, Maharashtra-400076 Phone no.: +91 (22) 2572 2545  Website:

Working Conditions

An astrophysicist is expected to have a stressful working conditions. Typically the work settings for an astrophysicist would be in private offices, labs, universities, Government sites, observatories, aerospace firms, and museums. Though, around 70% of all astrophysicists work mainly indoors. The field of astrophysics evidently demands a more night time, hence some suffer from a lack of sleep. A majority of astrophysicist can expect to work anywhere from 8 to 10 hours a day and 56 to 70 hours a week.

Top Companies

  • NASA Address: 300 E. Street SW, Suite 5R30 Washington, DC 20546 Phone: (202) 358-0001 (Office) Website:
  • SpaceX Address: 1 Rocket Rd Hawthorne, CA 90250 Phone: (310) 363-6000 Website:

Successful Persons

Paul F. Goldsmith

He is the director of National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center. He developed techniques to study structure of dense molecular clouds where the star formation is occurring.

Tycho Brahe

He observed a supernova now known as Tycho's supernova and also made the most precise observations of stellar and planetary positions.

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