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What's the difference between astronomy and astrophysics?

Are they the same thing? If not, which should I choose to study?

Technically speaking, astronomy is the science of measuring the positions and characteristics of heavenly bodies, and astrophysics is the application of physics to understand astronomy. However, nowadays, the two terms are more or less interchangeable since all astronomers use physics to understand their findings.

January 2002, Britt Scharringhausen (more by Britt Scharringhausen) (Like this Answer)

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