A day in the life of an astronomer

South African Astronomical Observatory
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A SALT astronomer takes us through her observing run at the telescope.

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Aug 29, 2014




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Andrew Lee
Andrew Lee 2 months ago
This was great, thanks, I have been researching "astronomy fact of the day" for a while now, and I think this has helped. Ever heard of - Qanailey Riyhloe Domination - (do a search on google ) ? Ive heard some pretty good things about it and my partner got cool results with it.
Aconi91 2 months ago
This is just superb, I've been looking for "trivias about astronomy" for a while now, and I think this has helped. You ever tried - Qanailey Riyhloe Domination - (Have a quick look on google cant remember the place now ) ? Ive heard some amazing things about it and my buddy got great success with it.
Moira 11 months ago
Step 1: Live in the middle of nowhere.
Martin Pickard
Wow. Dream job for so many. Good for you miss. Hope you enjoyed S.A. Looks amazing😎🔭
Excalibruhhh Year ago
Not just you ma'am, my DAD has played a major role in me becoming an Aerospace engineer and have an interest in Astrophysics.
GMX Year ago
How much is your salary??
LillieMae 4 months ago
Most avarage is 70$ per hour Mediam 50$ per hour Least (bottom 10%) 29$ per hour
Shivling Wafekar
Have you dream to be astronomers since childhood ?
Claude Frollo
Claude Frollo Year ago
Doing a Career activity for school. my top result was that I should be an Astronomer.... I need to see what I'm getting myself into
Mollie Packer
Mollie Packer Year ago
I’m an astronomer
@Isabella Aguiar l-/ it could be someone else account. Use your brain
Isabella Aguiar l-/
That one llama who is so obsessed with Fandoms mans has a roblox pfp, I don’t think he’s an astronomer
That one llama who is so obsessed with Fandoms
How different is your job to hers? Also how closley related is astronomy to astrophysics? :D
Frippe Astro
Frippe Astro Year ago
What people miss is that she is an observatory astronomer. It' ALOT of differences in that and a "regular" astronomer.
New Ingvaeona
New Ingvaeona 7 days ago
Nymul_YT Hawkings field was astrophysics. More theoretical, academic stuff.
Nymul_YT Year ago
@Ja'Nasia Price observatory astronomers pretty much looks at the sky through telescope and studies the data. Sounds boring. Regular astronomers are like the work stephen hawkings did. Going in deapths into space, they do all the interesting stuff
Ja'Nasia Price
explain please.
蒋炜 Year ago
Did not know there was such big telescope and many astronomers in S.A. Its africa!.. Even wonder who is funding them? Afican country funding for science?
Tana Joseph
Tana Joseph Year ago
The government of South Africa has been investing in astronomy for many years. We not only have the biggest optical telescope in the southern hemisphere, but also the best radio telescope. As with all large-scale scientific projects, we have support from other countries around the world. As far as Africa is concerned, several other African countries are joining South Africa in building radio telescopes in their own country and working together with us to make an amazing world class instrument that will rival US and European efforts.
Praveen Kumar
Praveen Kumar 2 years ago
My daughter wants to do astronomy so what should she do after puc
Iris amos
Iris amos 3 months ago
@bill ray Do you even know what you just said, bro? They do more than looking for stars. They have multiple different type of astronomers. They don't just "look for starts". Also if you can find new stars, planets, and galaxy from your basic computer then do it. You need that extra education to be an astronomer. It is harder than you think. Being an astronomer is hard and there are different types of it so don't be disrespectful. Planetary astronomers focus on the life cycles of planets and the discovery of new planets near other stars. Stellar astronomers study the life cycles of stars, and stellar phenomena such as black holes, nebulae (from which stars are born), white dwarfs, supernovas, and pulsars. Solar astronomers study the sun's systems and characteristics, such as its atmospheres, magnetic field, and storms. They may also research new methods of studying the sun. Galactic astronomers study the Milky Way galaxy, the galaxy in which we live. Cosmologists study the origin, history, and potential futures of the entire universe. Cosmology is an active field of study with several important theories under development, including string theory, dark matter and energy, and multiverses.
bill ray
bill ray 8 months ago
@Tana Joseph why do you need maths or something when today we have computer we can build in our own house look for stars it's a pretty shit to go through university etc just to get the title for looking for stars lol
Tana Joseph
Tana Joseph 2 years ago
The undergraduate degree would be a in physics (or astronomy if available). This degree should include mathematics, astronomy courses if they are available, some applied mathematics and statistics if possible. And some computer programming.
Praveen Kumar
Praveen Kumar 2 years ago
Thank you so in college what should she take in science
Alina M
Alina M 2 years ago
Future career! Astronomer and tech entrepreneur
Joanna C. Dominio
Joanna C. Dominio 2 years ago
I have her sleeping pattern and I'm not even an astronomer 😂😭
ČudneStvari 2 months ago
Winner of a video, been searching for "astronomy studies" for a while now, and I think this has helped. Have you ever come across - Qanailey Riyhloe Domination - (do a search on google ) ? Ive heard some pretty good things about it and my mate got excellent results with it.
Ivhiin 3 years ago
*As an astronomer do you have to go up to space to test things? Also people if she said in the video don't hate on me I'm still watching the vid.*
Hi army its cool to see an army here...♡
Leo Kssj
Leo Kssj Year ago
Please shut the fuck up
Tana Joseph
Tana Joseph 3 years ago
Astronomers are scientists who study the universe from the surface of the Earth using telescopes. The telescopes can be on the ground or in space, but astronomers are not the ones who go into space to check those space based instruments. That is the job of specially selected and trained astronauts. That is not to say that an astronomer cannot become an astronaut! For more information, check out this answer from an astronaut: www.quora.com/Can-an-astrophysicist-go-into-outer-space-for-a-mission-from-NASA
drouble trouble
drouble trouble 3 years ago
Can you please upload a video on how to become an astronomer
I love dogs
I love dogs 3 months ago
@Tana Joseph I dream to be an astronomer since childhood,I really hope I will be an astronomer when I grow up,but can I ask you something?Do astronomers work at home/office or work with others and socialise?Because I don't wanna work at home it would be boring.
Tana Joseph
Tana Joseph Year ago
@Astromuon Kuki Hi! India has a world class radio telescope in Pune, called the Giant Metre Wave Telescope (GMRT) in Pune. The telescope is run by the National Centre for Radio Astrophysics, which is part of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai. I would start with contacting them and perhaps they can give you insight into which path would be best for you. Good luck with your studies!
Astromuon Kuki
@Tana Joseph Iam doing BTech Aerospace Engineering in India and want to pursue Astronomy after my BTech.Can you tell me which country be best to pursue MS in astronomy ??? Everyday,every night,I feel like floating in space.Astronomy has been in my blood since birth but couldn't get so far a good telescopes due to financial problems but trying hard to get atleast Dobsonian 8'inch Reflector telescope.
Thembela Mantungwa
Perhaps these videos too will also help you, to add to what Tana has told you so far. They are very recent. : ruvid.net/video/video-Pv0BQWI3ZGU.html ruvid.net/video/video-8TgQ5BFEEHI.html
mashkur rahman
Yellow mask
Aerobrake 3 years ago
Lucas Combs
Lucas Combs 3 years ago
when do they go home?
Tana Joseph
Tana Joseph 2 years ago
It depends on your job really and what kind of science you are doing . You could be up at the telescope for a night or two or maybe two or three weeks. Astronomers don't live at the telescopes. They spend most of their time at home and work from an office.
J. T.
J. T. 3 years ago
what they are studying are pretty much interesting and very hard at the same time...
Venatus 4 years ago
I've been thinking about what I want to do in my life. I love astronomy and I would love to go and be an astronomer, and it was really encouraging to hear that her dad studied in Spain. I say that because I also want to possibly study abroad in Spanish speaking countries. But it seems like the kind of job where you don't get to go home and see your family a lot, and that's really important to me... But it does seem like a fun job : )
@Anja Pešić ........
Anja Pešić
Anja Pešić 5 months ago
@Leah Fox yeah A LOT LOT and sience (psyhichs too) i went to high school earlier than others because i was best student i passed all before and yeah besaiclly im going to be astronomer im going to competitions and yeah
Anja Pešić
Anja Pešić 5 months ago
eh. i wanted to be astronomer since i was 8 now im near 14 i also writted my book about astronomy and i will myb publish it soon i also play piano lol but back on the theme im going to high school earlier then other people cuz i passed the primary school before cuz im one of the best students in math and psyhics i also read books everyday (all about space) i will try my best to go to nasa that would be my dream also im from serbia but im planning to move to america and bascally yeah anbd im playing andf going to music school since im 3 but it doesnt matter lolllll
bill ray
bill ray 8 months ago
I know more about the big bang then dam fools going to university all you need is build a computer and your own lab and understand coding language which is not that hard and put a date on it.
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