What is Astronomy:
Did you ever look in the sky and wondered about the Sun, Moon, Stars, Planets, Galaxies, Universes, Black Holes, Dark matter, Dark energy, and other stuff related to outside of our Earth. Well, If you did then let me tell you that astronomy is the branch of science that deals with the study of these kinds of the stuff mentioned above.
Astronomy deals with space, celestial objects, and the whole physical universe. It can be said that it is the study of everything above the Earth’s atmosphere.
Astronomy vs Astrophysics:
People search for the difference between Astronomy and Astrophysics. Well, the main difference is that Astrophysics is the branch of Astronomy. According to The dictionary by Merriam-Webster: America’s most-trusted online dictionary Astrophysics definition is “a branch of astronomy dealing especially with the behavior, physical properties, and dynamic process of celestial objects and phenomena” whereas the definition of astronomy according to Merriam-webster is “the study of objects and matter outside the earth’s atmosphere and of their physical and chemical properties”.
Definitions make a clear difference between them. Astrophysics is just a type of Astronomy. Astrophysics take on the physics and chemistry methods to find out the celestial object’s nature.
Types of Astronomy:
There are two main types of astronomy
- Observational Astronomy
- Theoretical Astronomy
Should You Choose Astronomy:
If you are here because no other reason than to know whether you choose astronomy as your career or not then in this case I have a suggestion for you.
If you want to adopt Astronomy for earning and it is not your passion or your love or your hobby then it may become difficult for you in the future. I am not saying it will be definitely hard for you but it can be. Maybe you think that there is a lot of money so I should join but will you be happy doing stuff you don’t like or maybe you won’t gonna make it and quit it in the way.
On the other hand, if learning Astronomy is your hobby and you are in love with it then leave the money on the side and choose Astronomy as your career. I somewhere read that work does not work when you love doing it or something meaning the same thing.