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observational astronomy

(term covering observation)

The term observational astronomy covers that part of astronomy/astrophysics that gathers information via observation, as opposed to theorizing explanations for what has been observed. Specialists in observational astronomy generally specialize in some particular portion of the EMR spectrum, e.g., radio astronomy, millimeter astronomy, infrared astronomy, optical astronomy, ultraviolet astronomy, X-ray astronomy, or gamma-ray astronomy. Non-EMR types include cosmic ray astronomy, neutrino astronomy and gravitational wave astronomy. Knowledge required includes details of the spectral band, how instruments and telescopes function, as well as knowledge of the type of target they are pursuing.

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