It's episode 10! We celebrate with cake and a chat about how how astronomers become astronomers. Emily describes her (slightly unusual and a bit cheeky) path to her current career as Astronomer Extraordinaire and Director of the University of York's Astrocampus. Then we explore all the different skills and job titles that fall under the broad umbrella of "working in Astronomy". And of course, even if you don't want to do it as a job, there's a very long and distinguished history of amateur astronomy to discover. Really, there's no reason *not* to get involved.
Syzygy is produced by Chris Stewart and co-hosted by Dr Emily Brunsden from the Department of Physics at the University of York.
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Some of the things we talk about in this episode:
- The University of York's Astrocampus: http://www.astrocampus.org.uk
- The Hubble Space Telescope: https://www.spacetelescope.org
- Top 100 Hubble images: https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/archive/top100/
- Big Data in Astronomy: https://www.theguardian.com/science/across-the-universe/2015/jun/25/big-universe-big-data-astronomical-opportunity
- Careers in Astronomy: https://aas.org/learn/careers-astronomy
- Amateur astronomy around the world: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_astronomical_societies
- Astronomy apps: https://www.tomsguide.com/us/pictures-story/752-best-space-watching-apps.html
- Galaxy Zoo: https://www.zooniverse.org/projects/zookeeper/galaxy-zoo/
- More citizen science: https://www.zooniverse.org