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Astronomy is the natural science that studies celestial bodies, the forces developed in their interaction in space and other observable phenomena. Space sciences include other areas of investigation such as space travel and space exploration, in addition to astronomy. Astronomers observe the birth, evolution, extinction and movement of objects in space, such as planets and stars, solar systems and galaxies, asteroids and comets, and black holes. Professionals try to predict future outcomes in the life of the universe, and they try to formulate clear theories about the past and origin of the cosmos. Astronomy and space sciences are closely related to astrophysics, aerospace engineering, astronautics, and it often involves knowledge from chemistry, mathematics, and statistics.

Bachelors and Masters in Astronomy blend theoretical lectures in mathematics and astrophysics, with observatory practices, computer programming and simulations. Space studies deliver knowledge regarding space sciences, management, operations and economy. Students deal with subjects covering the mechanics behind space stations, satellites, space crafts and transportation systems.

Many astronomy graduates choose to continue their studies in research, in a specialised area of astronomy. Career prospects include traditional positions such as scientist, technician, engineer, astronomer, or manager within an observatory or an institute.

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Suggested Short Courses in Astronomy & Space Sciences

Certificate Spacecraft Technology

Exploration of space is never out of the news for long and the desire to construct lower-cost, reliable and more capable spacecraft has never been greater. At TU Delft years of technology development and research experience in space engineering allow us to offer this course, which examines spacecraft technologies for satellites and launch vehicles.

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Certificate Satellite Orbit Determination

In the Satellite Orbit Determination course offered by Delft University of Technology you will learn techniques such as least squares estimation, and Kalman filtering which are widely used statistical techniques for estimating parameters from observations. Concepts such as reference frames, atmospheric refraction and relativity will also be addressed.

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Short Course Options in Astronomy

Harvard Summer School offers several open-enrollment courses, specialized in Astronomy, such as "Space Exploration and Astrobiology: The Search for Life in the Cosmos", "A Short Tour of the Universe Guided by Einstein and Others" and "Fundamentals of Contemporary Astronomy: Planets, Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe".

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