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First coined 1570, from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] astronomia < Ancient Greek ἀστρονομία (astronomia) < ἄστρον (astron), “‘star’”) < Proto-Indo-European *h₂stḗr (“‘star’”) + νόμος (nomos), “‘arranging, regulating’”), related to νέμω (nemō), “‘I deal out’”).
- The study of the physical universe beyond the Earth's atmosphere, including the process of mapping locations and properties of the matter and radiation in the universe.
The study of the physical processes which control matter and energy in the universe is commonly called astrophysics. The investigation of the origin, evolution, and fate of the universe itself is called cosmology.
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