Explain the term Astrophysics

There is a misconception in India that astroPhysics is something quite different from astronomy. Actually astroPhysics is only an extension of classical astronomy in the same sense as quantum mechanics and nuclear Physics are extensions of classical Physics Just as these two branches of modern Physics arose from an attempt to understand the structure of the atom, so also the astronomers’ quest for understanding the nature of the stars gave rise to the branch of astronomy known as astroPhysics.

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