Discover the different types of astronomy.
-Observational astronomyis one of the oldest forms of astronomy.
-It gathers and analyzes data using the principle of physics.
- If you want to look at objects in the sky, you’d use high- powered telescopes, but you can also use radio waves gathered by radio receivers.
Amateur astronomers have added to many important astronomical discoveries. This is one of the few sciences where anyone can get involved. What kind of things have you seen in the sky?
- Theoretical astronomy comes up with theories about stars, how galaxies form, the structure of the universe, and how smaller particles relate to the universe.
- Theoretical astronomy is a newer field of astronomy.
- In theoretical astronomy, computer models are developed to describe space objects and phenomena that can’t be seen with telescope.
Other types of astronomy
Solar astronomy- the study of our sun
Planetary astronomy- the study of planets, moons, dwarf planets, comets, asteroids, and other bodies that orbit our sun, as well as planets in other solar systems
Stellar astronomy- the study of stars and how they evolve
Galactic astronomy- the study of galaxies, including our own galaxy, called the Milky way
Extragalactic- the study of objects outside our galaxy
Cosmology- the study of the structure of the universe
Astrobiology- the study of life in the universe
Astrochemistry- the study of chemicals found in space
Cosmochemistry -the study of chemicals found in our solar system