Natures of Astronomy

Professional natures of Astronomy

Professional astronomers work full-time by conducting research in astronomy, educating others about Astronomy, popularizing astronomy and coming up with new techniques to understand the universe.

Theoretical Astronomy

Theoretical astronomy is oriented towards the development of computer or analytical models of physics and chemistry to describe astronomical objects and phenomena.

Observational Astronomy

A division or nature of astronomy that is concerned with recording data about the observable universe through tools like telescopes, computers, rovers/probes etc.

Non-professional natures of Astronomy

Amateur Astronomy

An applied astronomy that usually involves observing or imaging celestial objects in the sky using the unaided eye, binoculars, or telescopes by non-professionals and space enthusiasts.

Sidewalk Astronomy

It refers to the activity of setting up a telescope in an urban place on a for-profit or non-profit purpose for entertainment or for public education.


One can practice different natures of astronomy at the same time during their lifetime depending on what kind of work they do and how they keep themselves intact with astronomy in their personal lives.