Andromeda wrote:I think- economies rise and fall, but it'll take something really apocalyptic to make it disappear altogether everywhere on the planet (and then you'll have other things to worry about).
AriAstronomer wrote:Hey everyone,
So I know that Astrobiology is starting to get out of the physics realm, but I was wondering if anyone knew of any strong astrobiology progams in the States or Canada. Do you think astrobiology is something you can't get into with a physics/math/compsci background, or do you think after a few quick catch up courses you're good to go (or maybe just dive in there and learn as you go?)?
Another thing that has recently been churning in my minds is whether or not astrobiology, or even astronomy is even going to last much longer. My future lies in one of the two fields (astronomy has higher probability), but I think a real concern to begin thinking about is the state of the economy. I feel like if the economy crashes, astrobiology and astronomy will be among the first things to get their budgets cut, and although I wouldn't forgive myself if I decided not to do astronomy/astrobiology based on these fears (especially if the economy ended up not crashing), it seems to be something to watch out for. What do you guys think the next 5-10 years is going to look like as far as physics/astronomy grad programs go (funding, interest, etc.)?
Any answers to either question would be super helpful.
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