as·​tron·​o·​mer | \ ə-ˈsträ-nə-mər How to pronounce astronomer (audio) \

Definition of astronomer

: a person who is skilled in astronomy or who makes observations of celestial phenomena

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Recent Examples on the Web Jay Pasachoff, an astronomer at Williams College, has chased eclipses all over the world and wasn’t planning to miss this one. New York Times, 10 June 2021 Among the experiences offered are moonlit camel safaris, stargazing with an astronomer, and BBQ dinner banquets by the campfire. Jessica Poitevien, Travel + Leisure, 29 May 2021 Jason Wright, an astronomer at Penn State University, gets this question a lot, especially recently. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 25 May 2021 Fast-forward to the second century, when the astronomer Ptolemy believed that stars were gods or, at least, signs from the gods. Allison Hope, CNN, 6 May 2021 The new Stargazing on the Sea package is complimentary for hotel guests and will take place on specific days chosen by a local astronomer based on prime opportunities for viewing stars, planets, and the moon. Jessica Poitevien, Travel + Leisure, 17 May 2021 The program’s only continuous presence, and its only in-house scientist, was an Ohio State astronomer named J. Allen Hynek, a U.F.O. skeptic and a former member of the Robertson panel. Gideon Lewis-kraus, The New Yorker, 30 Apr. 2021 In 2019, Gennady Borisov, an amateur astronomer in Crimea, discovered his seventh comet. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 6 Apr. 2021 Astrotourism is taking off across the state, said David Kieda, an astronomer and co-director of the University of Utah’s Consortium for Dark Sky Studies, City & Metropolitan Planning, in January. Sara Tabin, The Salt Lake Tribune, 25 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of astronomer

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Astronomer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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as·​tron·​o·​mer | \ ə-ˈsträ-nə-mər How to pronounce astronomer (audio) \

Kids Definition of astronomer

: a person who is a specialist in astronomy

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