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I love astronomy more than my life

Solar system

I am a student of Std X. I love astronomy more than my life. What should I become in order to study astronomy? Also, I am a lazy guy and I can’t study for 7 to 8 hours per day. I am very worried about my future because I feel that due to my laziness I will not succeed in life. Please advise.
Shivam Yadav (15) / Deoria

Who told you that you’re lazy? At Std X level, you’re not supposed to study for 7-8 hours a day. And if you’re studying for 7-8 hours, that means you’re lazy. The reason being you’re doing the work of 3-4 hours in double the time!

Also how do you know that you love Astronomy? Do you read related articles? Have you attended related events? Astronomy is not just lying down and gazing at the stars. If you do that, you’re lazy! If you want to be successful, study about Astronomy and put your best effort. And don’t hide behind the lame excuse that “I’m lazy”. Be your own motivator.

For a career in Astronomy, you require at least 6-8 years of further study after Std X. Take PCM in 10+2, followed by an honours degree in Physics. Many universities offer Astronomy as a special course in the M.Sc. programmes of the Physics departments.