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Astronomy or Astrophysics degree and research.

  1. Jan 15, 2014 #1
    Hello fellow members of this forum,

    I am highly interested in Astronomy and Physics, and I plan to pursue a career in these fields.

    I am debating on whether I should try to study towards earning a B.Sc in Astrophysics or Physics when I graduate from high school in 2016 (then continue it onto Ph.d).

    I would like to know what the difference between the two fields of study are, and also I am not very interested in computational observations or looking at a computer screen for long periods of time (although I have learned computer science AP). That is one reason why I am leaning more towards theoretical physics than astronomy/astrophysics. (I have heard/seen that astronomers are always on their computer analyzing data, while physicists work on more physical data including experiments and creating new theories with mathematics.

    Thank you
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  3. Jan 15, 2014 #2


    Staff: Mentor

    Physicists do computer simulations too, to test the feasibility of some theory where exact solutions can't be determined.
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