How to become involved in Astronomy
How To Become Involved In Astronomy
People have been interested in observing and learning about the Universe
since early times. Today many people enjoy Astronomy as a hobby and
some go on to Astronomy as a career. People from many professions
are involved in the study of the Universe. Scientists, engineers, computer
programmers, educators, astronauts, technicians, office workers, writers,
and administrators all make important contributions.
Astronomy is a field in which anyone can participate and even make useful
discoveries! Amateur astronomers, often using only a pair of good
binoculars, have discovered numerous comets. By using more powerful
telescopes, amateur astronomers have discovered novae and supernovae.
Many people build their own telescopes and observatories to study
and photograph objects in the universe. Astrophotography has become
a very popular and enjoyable hobby. Also, anyone with a computer
can now participate in SETI's search for life in the universe. So far about
two million people have participated. Below are some links to useful
sites for anyone interested in amateur astronomy.
Professional astronomers choose to study the Universe as a career.
They can work at universities, obervatories, planetariums, in industry
and for space agencies such as NASA.
Working For NASA
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Getting into Astronomy
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