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I am obsessed with astronomy and soon will enter college. What are the best areas of study for a career in astronomy?

RACHEL FAULKNER, LEWISTON, IDAHO
Traditionally, the best areas of focus for potential astronomers are physics and mathematics or, if you go to a school with an undergraduate program in astronomy, astronomy and physics. Mathematics is indeed important, but less so than an understanding of the natural world imparted by studying physics. Think about all the stuff out there in the cosmos — planets, stars, gaseous nebulae, star clusters, binary stars, white dwarfs, pulsars, and black holes, to name just a few — physics p...

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