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  1. Exploring the Variable Luminosity of Star Systems.

    Although not obvious, studying variable stars can often have other significant contributions to other fields. The purpose of this piece is to hopefully explore why the luminosity varies and also how understanding these variations can be used in other areas. Though certain variable stars differ in their behaviour, to 'regular' stars, they are still stars. This means that how they evolve in their lifetime is very similar to that of other stars (of similar mass). Although the situations may vary, the laws of physics, throughout the Universe, remain constant; and so understanding them becomes a test of mankind's grasp of the fundamental laws of physics.

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  2. Black Holes

    Furthermore, theories associated with black holes will be introduced later on this coursework to collect general ideas of what would happen if we were to fall into the black hole. These will be interesting to analyse as black holes are only known theoretically and because not many people are aware of what black holes are capable of. In addition, I will be using different sources to gather a variety of information about black holes such as Internet, articles from magazines and books so that I don't just entirely rely on one source and the purpose of it is to make this coursework more interesting and reliable.

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  3. The aim of this project is to investigate current theories and experimental data which give an indication of three fates of the universe

    Dark energy changes that: Depending upon the amount and nature of the dark energy, a supercritical universe can expand forever and a sub-critical universe can recollapse, or be balanced! Open universe. The most lonely and unappealing fate of the universe is dominated by the so-called cosmological constant. As the universe's expansion increases galaxies move further away from each other. Beyond a certain distance (the horizon) the relative velocity which is proportional to their distance (Hubble's law) will become greater than the speed of light.

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"To confine our attention to terrestrial matters would be to limit the human spirit."

- Stephen Hawking

If you are fascinated by the universe that engulfs our blue-green spheroid, and you sometimes find yourself daydreaming about the Oort Cloud, then a university degree in astronomy could be a perfect fit for you. You can study astronomy on its own, in combination with another subject like physics, or as part of an astrophysics course.

In astronomy as with all of the physical sciences, good written communication skills will enhance your marks. If you need a bit of help, consult Marked by Teachers collection of student-submitted astronomy and physics essays. Studying from real marked examples will give you all the tools you need to criticise and edit your own work: before long, your writing will be almost as brilliant as an ancient quasar.

Students of astronomy can expect to stay in the field by means of teaching and research, or to pursue careers in other areas, including finance, computing and marketing.

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