Observational vs theoretical Astrophysics

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Observational vs theoretical Astrophysics

Postby Monicka1991 » Thu Jun 30, 2011 3:18 am

Hello.I have decided to do MS in Astrophysics after finishing my BE degree in ECE.But I am not sure if I want to do Observational or Theoretical Astrophysics.Can anyone tell me the pros and cons of both.I am very much interested in maths and physics but not interested to sit and work with computers..I mean programing..:)

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Re: Observational vs theoretical Astrophysics

Postby now_priyanka » Sat Jul 09, 2011 9:10 am

I am not a physics graduate but from what I have learnt from different universities is that both observational and theoretical astrophysics include quite a lot of computations, however u might be working less with computers if you do theoretical astrophysics, I think! You could also check the module details from the university website you are applying to (to have a detailed idea).

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Re: Observational vs theoretical Astrophysics

Postby physics123 » Sat Jul 09, 2011 10:24 am

Astronomy and astrophysics requires a lot of programming in both observation and theory.

Observation requires reducing data and data mining. Theory often entails numerical simulations. But even if you joined a theory group that didn't do simulations, they will test and visualize data collected by the observationalists to guide their models--which requires programming.

Maybe you'd be more interested in something like instrumentation, which is more hands-on, and requires more use of software to design than, say, writing code.

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