Astrophysicist

September 20, 2018 | Professional Profiles |

Studying stars and planets to better understand the universe: that is the goal of an astrophysicist‘s research.

Astrophysics is a branch of physics and deals with the study of space. There are several research areas that an astrophysicist can specialise in, including stellar physics, space geodesy – that is studying the dimensions and the gravitational field of the earth – or heliocentrism, meaning the exploration of the system in which the planets revolve around the sun.

As an astrophysicist you travel a lot, to go to certain viewpoints to look at the planets, for instance. There, they resort to technical aids, such as strong telescopes.

As an astrophysicist you travel a lot, to go to certain viewpoints to look at the planets, for instance. There, they resort to technical aids, such as strong telescopes. The data obtained is then evaluated in a laboratory to better describe and understand the physical processes that take place in the universe.

Scientists who work in this branch have all studied at university for a long time (more of than not graduating with a doctorate). They are then mainly involved in research. Many astrophysicists also teach at universities. You cannot study astrophysics in Luxembourg, but many universities in our neighbouring countries offer this degree course.

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