Importance of Astrophysics


The branch of science that concerns with the physics of the universe is known as Astrophysics. This also includes the physical properties of all heavenly bodies and their behavior. The interactions between these celestial bodies are studied in detail as well. Studying astrophysics provides students with ample opportunities in the arenas of astrology, space research and other pertaining fields. This field of study has many attractions and thus is chosen by the majority of students. Because of this, numerous institutes of country provide courses in astrophysics. A listing of a few institutes is give below.

Institutes in India that offer courses in Astrophysics:

Many Indian institutes offer interested students with programs in Astrophysics. Some of them comprise of:

  • Indian Institute of Astrophysics
  • Indian Institute of Science
  • Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune
  • National Centre for Radio Astronomy
  • Raman Research Institute

Disciplines of Astrophysics:

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics
  • Electromagnetism
  • Mechanics
  • Nuclear and Particle Physics
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Relativity
  • Statistical Mechanics
  • Thermodynamics

One can pursue a course in Astrophysics at the Bachelors and Masters levels. Individuals can pursue this course at the Ph.D. levels as well.

Instrumentation in Astrophysics

The recent innovations in space instrumentation have enabled astrophysicists to observe many phenomena’s of the universe quite easily. This task was once very difficult once. The Hubble Space Telescope is one of the many inventions of modern times that permit scientists to explore the universe in ways that were unimaginable before. Space probes like the Voyagers have visited the majority of outer planets in the solar system and provided comprehensive measurements of the corporeal environment of the solar system. Many other devices such as Spectroscopes have enabled astrophysicists to gauge the chemical compounds of distant galaxies.

Divisions in Astrophysics:

  • Observational astrophysics
  • Theoretical astrophysics

Diverse methods are used by these two divisions to study more about Astrophysics. While the former makes use of the electromagnetic spectrum, the former applies analytical models as well as computational numerical simulations.

Astrophysics today has a wide variety of applications in satellite manufacturing units, space research institutions and industries that manufacture and control the air transport. Individuals who wish to pursue a career in this field will fin that they have many avenues in addition to brighter prospects. On top of lucrative careers within the country, professionals in the field of astrophysics are employed by foreign instates too. The ISRO and NASA are two top employers of Astrophysicists. One other avenue that is open for astrophysicists is to wok with educational institutions. Job vacancies for Lecturers and Professors will be available and eligible candidates can apply for these posts.



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2 Responses to “Importance of Astrophysics”

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    navya das:

    i am computer science engineering student. can you tel me more about “computational astrophysics” and its scope.?

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    Sir, I have done M.SC.(Astronomy and Space Physics) with 67% marks and B.ED.with 70% marks. Presently working as a phy. lecturer in poly. college. what is the scope of M.Sc.(ASTRONOMY and SPACE physics)?