Question: What is the difference between Astronomy and Astrophysics?
I am going to be a senior in high school and I need to do something that involves space. I cant think of anything that I would love more than going to work to go and look and collect data about the universe. I love looking at the stars, nebulas, finding galaxies, our solar system and finding new planets. I find looking through a telescope the most relaxing thing in my life and I want to find a way to do this for a living, but I dont know what to go into because I simply have no idea what the difference is. What is the difference? And if possible what does it sound like I would love doing more?
Astronomy is a very broad, general category that pretty much deals with stuff beyond Earth. Astrophysics is a sub category of astronomy and deals mainly with the physics of stars, like how they form, what goes on inside, how the evolve, etc.,.
Astrophysics is a subset of astronomy.
In either case as a professional, you will need a PhD. in order to move into the better positions available. This means about 10 years or more of University training. You'll need to know advanced mathematics, programming, technical report writing, collaboration with with your peers around the world and lots of publishing of findings and papers, along with submitting proposals for telescope time, budgets and so much more.