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In 1995, the comet Hale-Bopp was concurrently discovered by two men: Alan Hale, a Ph.D.-holding astronomer, and Thomas Bopp, a factory manager who did not even own a telescope. This section is for both Bopps and aspiring Hales. Get information on volunteering in astronomy with the sites below.
- Museums, observatories, libraries and schools are always looking for enthusiastic, curious volunteers. Their Web sites will often have volunteer information.
- The biggest way to contribute to the field, of course, is to pursue a career in astronomy. This doesn't necessarily mean becoming an astronaut or peering through a telescope all day. Browse NASA's job page to get an idea of what's out there.
- If you're a college student considering majoring in astronomy, you'd better have a good head for numbers. In academic terms, astronomy has become synonymous with astrophysics, and pro astronomers spend more time with big math equations than big telescopes.