Astronomy is a challenging science, but not because the universe is inaccessible in the conventional sense. Rather, astronomers must apply equal measures of analytic thinking and imagination, logic and intuition, to answer the most fundamental questions about the cosmos. Learn more about careers in astronomy, academic and career preparation, where astronomers work, employment potential, where the jobs are, and other related topics.

This diagram shows our cosmic address at a glance. We see our planetary system around the Sun, our stellar neighborhood in our galaxy, our galaxy in the local group of galaxies, and our group in the entire universe.

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Anna Fisher - chemist and NASA astronaut, with stars in her eyes on the cover of Life magazine in 1985. She was the first mother in space.

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The Andromeda Galaxy photographed with a 12.5-inch telescope by amateur astronomer Robert Gendler.

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Since her death in 1979, the woman who discovered what the universe is made of has not so much as received a memorial plaque or obituaries mention her greatest discovery…Everyone knows Charles Darwin discovered evolution and Albert Einstein discovered the relativity of time. But when it comes to the composition of our universe, textbooks simply say the most abundant atom in the universe is hydrogen. And no one ever wonders how we know? Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, a truly extraordinary woman.

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Moon - This image of the Moon was taken by the Galileo spacecraft as it passed by. It is a composite of images taken in three different colors. The color scheme is exaggerated to emphasise composition differences. Blue areas are titanium rich, orange areas are titanium poor and purple areas are iron poor.

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teaching literary elements... - K-8 Curriculum Board - The Well-Trained Mind Community "...I'm brainstorming which chapter books would be a good match for each literary element..."

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