# Astrophysics after Aerospace Engineering

Firstly, what is astrophysics exactly? Is it the same as astronomy?
Also, can I study astrophysics after studying aerospace engineering?
If so, is it worthwhile? or I just get simply two kinds of degrees?

All I can tell you is yes, astrophysics and astronomy are generally considered to refer to the same thing. The first definition Google gives for astronomy is in fact "the branch of physics that studies celestial bodies and the universe as a whole."

I tend to think of astronomy as a sub-branch of astrophysics. Astronomy refers only to experimental astrophysics while astrophysics refers to both experimental and theoretical problems dealing with celestial bodies and the universe.

~Lyuokdea

SpaceTiger
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Here's my take on the astronomy/astrophysics distinction: