Research Project Ideas for First Year Astronomy Student?

In summary, for a first year undergraduate science research project, some good ideas could be using the pictures of Pluto to research its planetary geology, or exploring the topic of whether Pluto should be considered a planet. These ideas align with your interests in Astronomy and could be suitable for a short report at the postgraduate level.
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Hi, I am wondering what are some good ideas for a first year undergraduate science research project? I am majoring in Astronomy so am after some ideas. My special interests are Pluto, Black Holes and of course Planet X.
 
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What ideas have you come up with?

Perhaps you could use the pictures of Pluto and research its planetary geology using other planets as a comparison.
 
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jedishrfu said:
What ideas have you come up with?

Perhaps you could use the pictures of Pluto and research its planetary geology using other planets as a comparison.

Hey, thanks for that suggestion I will look into it. It's postgrad level but a short report in comparison to others. Do you think "is Pluto a planet?" an appropriate topic? I am new to science, with a law background so a little unsure as whether that's acceptable. Thanks
 

Related to Research Project Ideas for First Year Astronomy Student?

1. What are some potential research project ideas for a first year astronomy student?

Some potential research project ideas for a first year astronomy student could include studying the properties of exoplanets, analyzing data from a specific telescope or mission, investigating the formation and evolution of galaxies, or exploring the effects of dark matter and dark energy on the universe.

2. How can I come up with an original research project idea in astronomy?

To come up with an original research project idea in astronomy, you can start by reading current research articles in the field, attending seminars and lectures, and discussing ideas with your peers and professors. You can also look for gaps in existing research or areas that are not well understood, and use those as inspiration for your project.

3. What resources and equipment will I need for a research project in astronomy?

The resources and equipment needed for a research project in astronomy will depend on the specific topic and methods you are using. Generally, you will need access to telescopes, data analysis software, and scientific literature. Your university or research institution may have these resources available for you to use, or you may need to request access to them.

4. How long does a research project in astronomy typically take?

The duration of a research project in astronomy can vary depending on the scope and complexity of the project. Generally, it can take anywhere from a few months to a few years to complete a research project. It is important to discuss a timeline with your supervisor and set realistic goals and deadlines to ensure you can complete the project within a reasonable timeframe.

5. What are some tips for successfully completing a research project in astronomy?

Some tips for successfully completing a research project in astronomy include choosing a topic that is of interest to you, staying organized and managing your time effectively, seeking guidance and feedback from your supervisor, and being open to adjusting your project as needed. It is also important to document your work and results carefully, and present your findings in a clear and concise manner.

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