I came across this great post by Nicole Estefania Cabrera Salazar, a National Science Foundation Graduate Student Fellow in Astronomy at Georgia State University. She's from Chile, and a first-generation college student, and tweets @jazztronomy.
Her post is part of a series at The Conversation called "Scientists as work", and in her post she talks about what it's like to be an astronomer these days. She does a great job discussing the process of observing -- how we get time on telescopes, what it's like to observe, and what data comes out of observing -- and highlights what *else* scientists do when not at work. Give it a read!
Scientists at work: most days in the life of an astronomer aren’t spent at telescopes