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Re: How Can I Become An Astronomer?

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Posted by Gerald Dondanville on November 10, 2001 12:15:18 UTC

Since you are new to this you might want to read a few books related to astronomy. Then if you are still interested...which you most definitely will be, acquire knowledge on telescopes, telescope use and care, and stuff like that, get help from others by joining an astronomy club and/or attending star parties.

As far as school is concerned, take all the math you can, math, physics, and more physics. And computer modeling courses. Much of theoretical astronomy is done graphically using computers.

Also, don't neglect good ol' writing and communication. Too many astronomers can't convey clearly and cogently what their research is about. A brilliant astronomer who cannot communicate is most ineffective, even among other astronomers.


do the math.

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