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Astronomy involves a lot more than just looking at star signs. In fact, a large component of modern Astronomy involves mathematics and working with computers.

Humans have been observing the night sky since prehistoric times. Before Astronomy developed into the modern science that it is today, observations were used for navigation and the construction of calendars.

However, professional Astronomy can be defined as the science that looks at the ‘celestial bodies’ – planets, moons, stars, solar systems, space and the universe. It also deals with the instruments that astronomers use to examine this matter, namely, telescopes.

Studying Astronomy usually means studying a science degree. Studying the universe combines chemistry physics and mathematics which equips you with the knowledge to accurately calculate and measure patterns between us and other galaxies.

Studying astronomy doesn’t only mean looking through a telescope but analysing charts, maps and data. To be good at Astronomy, it’s best that you come with a background in physics. Studying Astronomy means studying for a potential career as a scientist, a technician or engineer. No longer will you look up and see a foreign twinkling ball of light at night, but you will know its chemical makeup and understand that its light has taken millions of light years to reach your eyes.