[td_block_text_with_title custom_title=”SUMMARY” header_color=”#e88f1b” separator=”” tdc_css=””]Astronomy is the scientific study of celestial objects in the universe. Astronomists study and gather data on the movement, nature, constitution, history and possible future developments of heavenly bodies like the sun, planets, stars, comets, meteors, galaxies, asteroids etc. They apply laws of mathematics and physics to unravel the mysteries of the universe. They collect and analyze data on celestial bodies, develop and test theories, and write research papers.[/td_block_text_with_title][td_block_text_with_title custom_title=”WHAT ALL CAN I DO?” header_color=”#e88f1b”][/td_block_text_with_title]


Astrometeorology is the science of forecasting weather by assessing the movement and position of celestial bodies. Astrometeorologists apply their knowledge of the relationship between weather and the sun, moon, stars etc. to make predictions about weather.


Astrochemistry combines the principles of astronomy and chemistry, to study the formation, interaction and destruction of chemical elements that are found in space. Their study encompasses elements at a scale much larger than the solar system.


Astrometry is concerned with the tracking of the position and movement of celestial bodies. Astrometrists take precise measurements that allow them to trace the coordinates of various stars, planets and other bodies.


Astrobiology is the study of other life forms beyond Earth. Astrobiologists apply their knowledge of biology and planetary systems, to understand the origin and nature of extra-terrestrial life in the universe.

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Stream Graduation After Graduation After Post Graduation
Path 1
Clear Class XII in Science stream Pursue B.Sc. Physics/ Computer Science for 3 years Pursue M.Sc. Physics/ Astronomy/Astrophysics for 2 years Pursue Joint Astronomy Programme and Ph.D.
Path 2
Clear Class XII in Science Stream Pursue B.Tech in Computer Science for 4 years Pursue M.Sc. Physics/ M.Tech. Astronomy/Astrophysics for 2 years Pursue Joint Astronomy Programme and Ph.D.

Important Facts

  • Most colleges have eligibility criteria of minimum 50% aggregate marks in Class XII with Physics as a main Subject.
  • M.Sc. Physics, Astronomy and Astrophysics are available as courses only in select colleges.
  • Physics and Mathematics are required as main Subjects in Class XII and Under graduation.
  • Most of the institutes for post-graduation require bachelors in Physics and related subjects.

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  • Calculate orbits, and determine sizes, shapes, brightness, and motions of different celestial bodies
  • Team up with other astronomers to carry out research on projects
  • Develop theories based on personal observations of the space, or on observations and theories of other astronomers
  • Measure radio, infrared, gamma, and x-ray emissions from extraterrestrial sources
  • Present research findings at scientific conferences and in papers written for publishing in scientific journals
  • Plan and conduct scientific experiments and studies to test theories and discover properties of matter and energy
  • Do complex mathematical calculations to analyze physical and astronomical data, such as data that may indicate the existence of planets in distant solar systems
  • Design new scientific equipments, such as telescopes and lasers


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