What is the difference between cosmology and astrophysics

In summary: However, I would presume that if I wanted to go into astronomy or astrophysics then I would need to do an undergraduate level degree in some sort of maths or science. I would also need to do a masters or a PhD if I wanted to be a specialist in that field. So in a way you are right, it is too early to say. But I am definitely interested in one of these jobs!In summary, an undergraduate level degree in mathematics or science is needed to pursue a career in astronomy or astrophysics.
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hi. this is probably in the wrong place, but what is the difference between cosmology and astrophysics... i only ask because i wanted to be an astrophysisist, but before i make up my mind for sure i just want to know what cosmology is...

thankyou

dan
 
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Astrophysics is concerned about what is the stuff that makes up the universe and how it intereacts. Cosmology is primarily a study of the history of the universe - origins, development, future. Obviously cosmology relies heavily on astrophysics.
 
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thankyou... ok then. i have one more question.. what is the difference between astronomy and astrophysics?
 
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danzi said:
thankyou... ok then. i have one more question.. what is the difference between astronomy and astrophysics?

Err, according to me, astronomy is broader, which studies all the astronomical phenomena. Astrophysics is to apply physics to explain those phenomena
 
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Astronomy is observation - what we see with our instruments. Astrophyiscs is the interpretation of observations based on the laws of physics.
 
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If you are interested in becoming anyone of an astronomer/astrophysicist/cosmologist then you don't have to make up your mind for quite some time. What level of education are you at? To give you an idea the education path is pretty much the same for undergrad level and you would only have to decide which particular part of 'astro-spacy-stuff' when you choose a project as a grad student, by which time you would know through what you learn in undergrad much more about the difference between fields.

What specific advice would be best for you depends on your current age and what country you are in (since education systems vary). Some of these details might help you get better advice. There is also a sub-forum on this site for career and academic guidance and you might get some more and different advice from there.

Hope that helps!
 
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Wallace said:
If you are interested in becoming anyone of an astronomer/astrophysicist/cosmologist then you don't have to make up your mind for quite some time. What level of education are you at? To give you an idea the education path is pretty much the same for undergrad level and you would only have to decide which particular part of 'astro-spacy-stuff' when you choose a project as a grad student, by which time you would know through what you learn in undergrad much more about the difference between fields.

What specific advice would be best for you depends on your current age and what country you are in (since education systems vary). Some of these details might help you get better advice. There is also a sub-forum on this site for career and academic guidance and you might get some more and different advice from there.

Hope that helps!

i am defenatly interested in one of these jobs... probably astro-physics most. but like you say. it to early to say now.
Im in England, and I am choosing my GCSE's, so we haven't had many talks about what happens once we've chosen gcse's.
 

Related to What is the difference between cosmology and astrophysics

1. What is the main focus of cosmology?

The main focus of cosmology is the study of the origin, evolution, and structure of the universe as a whole. This includes understanding the formation and distribution of galaxies, the nature of dark matter and dark energy, and the overall timeline of the universe.

2. How does astrophysics differ from cosmology?

Astrophysics is a branch of astronomy that focuses on the physical properties and behavior of celestial objects, such as stars, planets, and galaxies. While cosmology also studies these objects, its main focus is on the larger-scale structure and evolution of the universe.

3. Can the terms cosmology and astrophysics be used interchangeably?

No, cosmology and astrophysics have distinct focuses and approaches, although they are closely related fields. Cosmology deals with the universe as a whole, while astrophysics focuses on individual celestial objects and their interactions.

4. Are there any similarities between cosmology and astrophysics?

Both cosmology and astrophysics use scientific methods to study the physical properties and behavior of celestial objects. They also both rely on observations and data from telescopes and other instruments to inform their theories and models.

5. How do cosmology and astrophysics contribute to our understanding of the universe?

Cosmology and astrophysics play a crucial role in helping us understand the fundamental laws and principles that govern the universe. By studying the origins, evolution, and structure of the universe, we can gain insight into our place in the cosmos and the nature of the universe itself.

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