In practice, modern astronomical research often involves a substantial amount of work in the realms of theoretical and observational physics. Highly elusive areas of study for astrophysicists, which are of immense interest to the public, include their attempts to determine: the properties of dark matter, dark energy, and black holes; whether or not time travel is possible, wormholes can form, or the multiverse exists; and the origin and ultimate fate of the universe. Topics also studied by theoretical astrophysicists include: Solar System formation and evolution; stellar dynamics and evolution; galaxy formation and evolution; magnetohydrodynamics; large-scale structure of matter in the universe; origin of cosmic rays; general relativity and physical cosmology, including string cosmology and astroparticle physics.
Astrophysics can be studied at the bachelors, masters, and Ph.D. levels in physics or astronomy departments at many universities.
Union Science Corps- Astrophysical DepartmentEdit
The Astrophysical department of the Union Science Corps is the largest branch and while it is under the auspice of the Union Science Council, it is the only science branch directly reporting to the Hive of Minds. Mainly because about 34% of the Hive of Mind members are Astrophysicists.
The Union Astrophysical Science branch was located in the Ivory Tower of the Science Council on Pluribus until 4002 (OTT) It like the other big departments: Medicine, Biology, Xeno Tech research received their own system with eight planets and several space stations in the Glapurius system (Most famous pre Astro Ult Astrophysicist).