life as an astronomer

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Published on August 9, 2007

Author: VolteMort

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Life as an Astronomer: 1. What do Astronomers Study?:  Life as an Astronomer: 1. What do Astronomers Study? Planets Solar System Stars 'Star Stuff' (Interstellar Medium) Galaxies AGN/Quasars Clusters Universe Life as an Astronomer: 1. What do Astronomers Study?:  Life as an Astronomer: 1. What do Astronomers Study? Solar System Sun Solar Wind Planets Moons Asteroids/NEOs Kuiper belt objects Interplanetary dust etc…. Life as an Astronomer: 1. What do Astronomers Study?:  Life as an Astronomer: 1. What do Astronomers Study? Stars Variable stars Binary systems Dwarfs, Giants, etc Supernovae, Compact Objects (black holes, white dwarfs, neutron stars) Life as an Astronomer: 1. What do Astronomers Study?:  Life as an Astronomer: 1. What do Astronomers Study? 'Star Stuff' (Interstellar Medium) Star formation andamp; Protostars Chemistry Structure, Phase, and evolution Life as an Astronomer: 1. What do Astronomers Study?:  Life as an Astronomer: 1. What do Astronomers Study? Galaxies Formation andamp; Evolution Structure Populations Dynamics Environment (voids, field, groups, clusters) Life as an Astronomer: 1. What do Astronomers Study?:  Life as an Astronomer: 1. What do Astronomers Study? AGN (Active Galactic Nuclei) andamp; Quasars Formation Classification Fueling Evolution Number Density Life as an Astronomer: 1. What do Astronomers Study?:  Life as an Astronomer: 1. What do Astronomers Study? Clusters Formation andamp; Evolution Structure Dark Matter Content Lensing Life as an Astronomer: 1. What do Astronomers Study?:  Life as an Astronomer: 1. What do Astronomers Study? The Universe Age and Size Formation andamp; Evolution Content (dark matter, cosmic strings, exotic particles) Topology (shape) Life as an Astronomer: 2. How do we Work?:  Life as an Astronomer: 2. How do we Work? Observations ground based (optical, near infrared, radio) Space based (rockets andamp; space platforms; UV, x-ray) Computers analyze data solve complex problems numerical simulations Analysis objectivity read andamp; assimilate many forms of data linear andamp; non-linear thinking Writing research papers proposals presentations Life as an Astronomer: 3. Where do we Work?:  Life as an Astronomer: 3. Where do we Work? Academia Research University Teaching University/College Research Facilities Government Labs National Observatories Other planetariums, telescope support, etc. Private Sector Life as an Astronomer: 4. How do we spend our time? (part 1 of 2):  Life as an Astronomer: 4. How do we spend our time? (part 1 of 2) Academia: Teaching University/College teach 3-4 classes/yr advise students run observatory labs support public outreach less emphasis on research Academia: Research University bring in grant money publish research papers support observing facilities/instruments/ programs supervise thesis projects teach 1-2 classes/yr serve on committees Life as an Astronomer: 4. How do we spend our time? (part 2 of 2):  Life as an Astronomer: 4. How do we spend our time? (part 2 of 2) Government Lab or National Observatory support user community publish research papers manage people/projects generally little or no teaching or grant raising Other/Private Industry planetariums science writing telescope operators science education computer programming/ systems support web design defense industry communications industry 'rocket scientist' on Wall Street Life as an Astronomer: 5. Training:  Life as an Astronomer: 5. Training After M.S., attrition is mostly voluntary long hours, but flexible schedule extensive all-expense paid travel to exotic locations no or poor health and retirement benefits Support: Teaching or Research Assistant ~$15,000 - $20,000/yr plus tuition waiver ~70 colleges/universities in U.S. offer Astronomy or Astrophysics degree B average or better and decent GRE scores Life as an Astronomer: 5. Job Timeline:  Life as an Astronomer: 5. Job Timeline ~10 years from High School ~16 years from High School Payscale: $35,000-$45,000 geographically limited employment options no or poor benefits extensive all-expense paid travel to exotic locations long hours, but flexible schedule Payscale: $45,000 - $70,000 at 'Assistant' Rank $70,000 - $90,000 at 'Associate' Rank $90,000 - $170,000 at 'Full' Rank geographically limited employment options extensive travel long hours ~22 years from High School before you know if you have a permanent position Life as an Astronomer: 6. What Astronomers don’t do:  Life as an Astronomer: 6. What Astronomers don’t do Tell your horoscope have a special line to space aliens memorize the constellations spend all their time looking through telescopes Life as an Astronomer: 6. A Typical Day:  Life as an Astronomer: 6. A Typical Day Read dozens of e-mails attend some inane meeting teach a class or advise a student on a research project listen to or prepare a presentation on current research analyze some data or make a figure or plot download relevant journal articles to be read 'later' work on a paper or a proposal for observing time or research grant

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