Astrophysics and theoretical physics

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ezarhadden
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Hello,

I was wondering whats the difference between an astrophysicist and a theoretical physicist? Cause they seem like the same thing?
 

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Astrophysicists study the motions of the heavens. Theoretical physicists have a larger range of subjects than just the heavens. Theoretical physicists attempt to make sense of experimental results and try to understand what our equations and experiments are telling us about how the world around us works and moves.
 
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Astrophysicists study the motions of the heavens. Theoretical physicists have a larger range of subjects than just the heavens. Theoretical physicists attempt to make sense of experimental results and try to understand what our equations and experiments are telling us about how the world around us works and moves.

Alright, thanks.
 
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An astrophysicist can be an experimental, as well as theoretical, physicist. Theoretical physics is an extremely broad description. One could concentrate on astrophysics, but one could also focus on condensed matter or optical physics, just to name a few topics.
 

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