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Use the laws of physics to explain how the universe works.

What does an Astrophysicist do?

Lights! Camera! Motion!

Astrophysicists are fascinated with the hidden principles that serve as the glue holding the universe together: motion, light, and other forces of nature. Think of an astrophysicist as a linguist learning to record and translate the intricate language of the galaxy to see what it has to say.

But what exactly is astrophysics? Why, it’s theoretical physics, my dear Watson. Astrophysicists use the laws of mathematics to describe how and why seemingly random events happen in nature. Underneath all the chaos lie surprisingly consistent forces such as gravity and light that behave according to a set of rules.

A typical day for an astrophysicist involves continuing a research project you’ve been working on for the last year. You flip through lengthy books and reports on the findings of other scientists, set up equipment for your own experiments, and perform mathematical calculations to try to explain new theories on how parts of the universe work.

Many astrophysicists specialize in a particular field of study such as black holes. It’s impossible, of course, to go examine these celestial bodies in person, and that’s why your theories are so crucial. By observing, researching, and writing up compelling evidence to support your claims, you can make world-changing breakthroughs to explain objects that—for now—remain shrouded in mystery. It’s one small report for you, but one giant leap for science.

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