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The Question

(Submitted February 13, 2002)

How and when do astronomers use math, in their career?

The Answer

In this day and age, you can't be considered a professional astronomer without using math all the time. It ranges from the trivial, like unit conversion (what is the velocity of a star in kilometers per second as opposed to miles per hour?), to the very advanced.

You can get the flavor of the kind of math astronomers use by trying out some of our "You Be the Astrophysicist" activities:

http://imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/YBA/yba-intro.html

Best wishes,

Koji & Ilana
for "Ask an Astrophysicist"

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