Career in Astronomy

Introduction::
Astronomy is the science dealing with all the celestial bodies in the universe, including the planets and their satellites, comets and meteors, the stars and interstellar matter, the star systems known as galaxies, and clusters of galaxies.

Modern astronomy is divided into several branches, namely, astrometry, the observational study of the positions and motions of these bodies; celestial mechanics the mathematical study of their motions as explained by the theory of gravitation; astrophysics, the study of their chemical composition and physical condition from spectrum analysis and the laws of physics; and cosmology, the study of the universe as a whole.

The science of Vedic Astrology holds significant information for the development of humanity. By understanding the planetary influences affecting our lives we are able to make sound decisions, which usher in ease, joy, happiness, progress and prosperity. At the same time, this ancient science can help eliminate difficulties, reactivity and stress by giving us an understanding of the challenges we are likely to face, thus allowing us to have greater personal impact upon our futures.

Nature of Work:
certified astronomer has the option of working in observatories or government laboratories. Many of them teach in planetariums and universities. Employment opportunities exist in organisations such as the TIFR (Government of India?s National Centre for Nuclear Science and Mathematics), the National Centre for Radio Astrophysics, Pune and Ooty, the IIS, Bangalore, the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune, Physical Research Laboratory (PRL), Ahmedabad, UP State Observatory at Nainital, the Indian Institute of Astrophysics and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Bangalore, Astronomical Society of India, Udaipur Solar Observatory, and the CSIR. Some researchers also go on to work at leading observatories and institutes in the USA.
Eligibilty:
In India, very few universities offer any undergraduate courses. But, after 10+2 you can do your graduation in Science stream and then at the Masters and Ph.D levels, there are several options. Both astronomy and astrophysics are grounded in mathematics & physics. Any aspiring student can do as many courses as possible, in either of these subjects. Many universities offer a degree in astronomy at an MSc. level, and some have a specialisation in theoretical astronomy. A professional astronomers also takes courses in microelectronics & instrumentation at some point in ones education.
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