Saturday, 27 June 2015

Post #2 : Career in Astronomy

Astronomy is a vast and fascinating challenge for mankind. Unlike other physical sciences one needs to observe the universe as it actually is and maintain observed data carefully. If astronomy seems a rigorous science, it's because the objective of astronomers is nothing less than to understand the nature of the universe.

Is it for me?
Astronomy is one of the rare branches of science which involves all the topics of science to come out with a cumulative result. Be it physics, mathematics chemistry they all have a certain role to play. Biology, geology and even meteorology come into the scene whenever you are understanding an unknown heavenly body. The beauty of astronomy lies in this very fact. It is incredible to see how physics or chemistry come together to give out an astonishing result.
Having said that, astronomers are highly intellectual with strong scientific knowledge. Astronomy degree, nevertheless, is important for making a career in this field but one should have equal command over all the scientific aspects. For an astronomer to come with a research paper, a degree in astronomy is never enough. one should have enough knowledge in physics, chemistry and mathematics and all the other branches. And most importantly, the presence of mind to use knowledge in proper application.
Hence a career in astronomy is highly challenging but extremely exciting for it requires you exploit your scientific side!

        1.    Astrophysics:-
·         Physical Cosmology
·         High energy Astrophysics
·         Interstellar Astrophysics
·         Plasma Astrophysics
·         Relativistic Astrophysics
·         Solar Physics
·         Extragalactic Astronomy
·         Galactic Astronomy
·         Stellar Astronomy
·         Compact Objects
   2.   Planetary Science:-
·         Atmospheric Science
·         Exoplanetology:
·         Planetary Formation
·         Planetary Rings
·         Magnetospheres
·         Planetary surfaces
·         Small Solar System Bodies

        3. Radio Astronomy  
        4. Astrobiology
        5. Planetary interiors
        6. Sub millimeter Astronomy
        7. Infrared Astronomy
        8. Optical Astronomy
        9. Ultraviolet Astronomy
      10. X-Ray Astronomy
      11. Gamma-Ray Astronomy
      12. Cosmic Ray Astronomy
      13. Neutrino Astronomy
      14. Gravitational Wave Astronomy
      15. Photometry
      16. Spectroscopy
      17. Astrometry
      18. Archioastronomy
      19. Astrochemistry

Where do astronomers work?
Many astronomers go on to teach to a college or university. Some educational institutes  invite scientists and observers to produce their research materials in classrooms for better understanding of the subject. Faculty members may be called on to teach some physics courses as well as astronomy courses. Because of their training, both undergraduate and graduate, astronomers are well qualified for this expanded role.
Observing and analyzing is an important aspect of study of astronomy. So, astronomers go on to work in observatories while some may do the job of analyzing and coming out with the results.
Recent university graduates start their careers at universities, colleges, and other institutions with postdoctoral research positions and research associate ships that allow full time for research.
In USA, median salaries at universities and colleges depend upon the size, quality, and competitiveness of the school. Starting salaries for assistant professors start at about $50,000 for 9-10 months, the range for senior professors is $80,000-100,000 for 9-10 months. Typical postdoc pay ranges between $35,000-45,000 per year.  It is hoped that future years will see a healthy and more equitable balance of men and women of all races in astronomy.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Post #1 : Introduction


Astron is a group of amateur astronomy enthusiasts working for the spread of astronomy since 2011. Our aim is to reach out to people and incite their enthusiasm for astronomical science. Astronomy being a vast exciting and highly challenging field, it requires a thorough research, passion and motivation to explore the universe. We, at Astron, look to imbibe and excite people with this science helping them to realize the importance of astronomical science for the study of universe.

Shweta Kulkarni and Nimish Aage are  the key pillars and founders of ASTRON who formulated the working functionality of the organization. Shweta is obtaining her formal education in astronomy from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan),UK. She forms an inspiring figure in the organization through her vast knowledge of astronomy. She has been inspiring a lot of curious minds who are now looking to make a mark in the field of astronomy.
Nimish Aage has been assisting the organization since its formation. He is completing his dual specialization in Physics and Photography from Fergusson College, Pune. He is a part of many online MOOC’s and study groups online related to astronomical science. He is mainly fascinated by the science of solar system and life beyond.

We bring together all the curious minds from our interactive fun learning programs. Astronomical lectures and discussions are used to keep up with the latest happenings and developments in the field. Setting up of telescopes for public in our stargazing sessions to observe the heavenly bodies up close is one of the major sources of learning
Short stargazing sessions are organized on due request of a local organization/ group.
The annual mega event of the year ‘ASTROTAINMENT’ is usually announced in the month of may.  Every year there is a special attraction for the participants. Prominent astronomical institutions are also visited to understand the working of their operations. Overnight stargazing along with telescope is conducted.Group activities such as debate sessions, quiz competition round up the entertainment aspect.

Many youngsters inclined to astronomy are often guided for a successful career in astronomy and cosmology. We, at Astron, are committed to incite the excitement among the youngsters to take up astronomy as an important and successful career option and guide them at every step to their aim of being a successful astronomer. On this blog, we will be writing about the wonders of the universe, latest discoveries and news in the field of Astronomy and Cosmology.

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Regards Team ASTRON