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Astrophotography is an activity that consists of taking photographs of celestial bodies, such as stars, planets, comets, star clusters and galaxies, or events such as eclipses, transits, among others. Astrophotographers can only work under a clear night sky and they are often freelancers who sell their photos and videos to specialized magazines and other media. So, if your students like to study technical subjects on optics, digital sensors, imaging processing software and they pay attention to the details and have an artistic eye for photographic composition, this career might be the option for them!


Find out about the key skills to become an Astrophotographer.

Strategic Planning

Taking the perfect astrophoto demands detailed planning to reach the ideal spot at the right moment. To do that, a professional in this field has to take into account data of various fields of knowledge.

Software Management

When the photo is taken, the job is not over. The professional needs to edit the photographs. This is done with specialized software, which allows them to improve the quality of the product.

Data Analysis

To be well-informed, the astrophotographer needs to analyze the movement of celestial bodies, the time of transit needed, the equipment they need to carry, and of course, some safety implications that arise when travelling in isolated areas alone.


Apart from focusing on scientifically valuable phenomena, the astrophotographer also needs to raise awareness. This is doable by creating touching material that illustrates the astounding glory of our universe.


The deep understanding of the sky that is needed for this profession can only obtain if one is truly moved by the mysteries of our universe. The mentality of the astrophotographer is structured around forming questions and observing the stars.


Following such a lonely profession, demands high levels of motivation and engagement to the job. But surely, sharing the beauty and the science of astronomical objects with the world must be an incredible source of notation.

Meet Fausto Barbosa

Fausto Barbosa is a freelance astrophotographer and Adjunct Professor at the Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology of Rio Grande do Sul (IFRS).

CC BY 4.0: all the materials and content presented on this STEM Job profile have been provided by Space Awareness, a project funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Programme under grant agreement nº 63865.


Vanessa James

I am a communication coordinator in the Science Education Department of European Schoolnet (EUN). Holding a BA degree in Public relations and digital communications, I am passionate about graphic design, photography, web development and content management.