see i have an ambition to be an astronomer but i live in singapore where there is no places like NASA?
there is no college to expand your knowledge about astronomy and do you think it is possible for someone like me to be an astronomer i am only 14 years old and i really love astronomy
- ?Lv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
To become an astronomer? Certainly, you can become an astronomer. If you have the Internet, you have access to more books, and physics than Stephan Hawking did when he was your age.
Get a subscription to Astronomy or Sky & Telescope magazine. Get a couple good star atlases (I use Peterson's Field Guide to Stars and Planets). Go to any local libraries and dig out the astronomy and science books. Read/study those. These kinds of things will get you a basic knowledge for amateur astronomy - where you won't make a living, but you can enjoy the wonders of the skies.
If you want to become a professional astronomer, you need to study all the science and maths you can in school. Learn about Chemistry (it becomes very important to astronomers), rocks in Geology (you'll be surprised how much this can help), Biology. Study Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry & Calculus. All of these are important to professional astronomers. Even if you don't become a pro astronomer, they can help you in your future career.
If you do well in school, you will have better opportunities for going to a college or university, possibly in another country, where you can study Physics/Astronomy in greater depth.
Good luck - study hard.
- 1 decade ago
One author simply wrote that as soon as you look at the night sky, you are an astronomer. That is how the first humans got into astronomy. The purity of this naked eye astronomy cannot be taken away by a telescope or some notable institution. In India when I got introduced to astronomy by my mother, I figured out that there were no proclamations to send men to moon in India or driving forces as NASA (btw NASA has had a lot of budget cuts, so it is not the legendary driving force today) and the vision that President Kennedy had is just missing in the present leadership.
But, as I did to fight the dearth of resources, you can never fail when you are on your own with astronomy. Get books, magazines, newspaper, star charts and check out the night skies from the darkest location that you can be, both in the evenings and mornings, or every evenings for several months (a few minutes will do, like fifteen). If not daily, keep it weekly. The rhythm and beauty of the universe is best absorbed by our persistence and periodic return to the vista of the night sky.Source(s): www.cosmicacademy.net
- 1 decade ago
Man, I have the same problem. I live in Brazil we don't have places like NASA (or I don't know), I'm 15-year-old boy I really love astronomy and want to become an astronomer. The first step you've passed: You speak english.
- cosmoLv 71 decade ago
There are several universities in Singapore with excellent physics departments. It certainly is possible to study astronomy in Singapore.
The most important things to learn at your age are mathematics and computer science. This will make all the other subjects in astronomy easy.
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- GuyOnEarthLv 71 decade ago
NASA is not about astronomy, it deals with launching spacecraft and exploring space, which is a different thing entirely. There are astronomy departments and research facilities at many large universities.
- ?Lv 41 decade ago
Internet is the Biggest University and Magazines are good teachers and you don't need NASA anyway...