Astronomer

Astronomer

Astronomers dedicate their careers to answering massive, mind-boggling questions about the universe. To do this, they need to study maths and physics at school, and computing too.

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They usually focus on a particular area of exploration, from making discoveries about planets to understanding the science of stars and even solving the mysteries behind how galaxies are formed. Basically, being an astronomer is as close as you can get to being Doctor Who without battling Daleks or flying around in a time-travelling phonebox.

What's cool about being an astronomer?

World leading tech, from super powerful telescopes to futuristic spacecraft

Amazing intergalactic discoveries to be made throughout your career

The chance to change the way future generations think about outer space

Subjects you'll need

Maths and physics are the foundation for a career in astronomy, so studying these at school is essential for budding astronomers. A qualification in computing will also prepare you for the nifty software astronomers use to analyse the universe.

Fun fact

Before he discovered the existence of other galaxies, astronomer Edwin Hubble was a talented athlete. He broke the high jump record in his home state of Missouri, ran track at the University of Chicago and knocked out a German heavyweight boxing champion. No biggie.

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