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Archives | Astronomy has always fascinated young and old

Astronomy appeals to people of all ages.

Astronomy, that is, the observation and study of the stars, is probably the oldest of the natural sciences. Young and old have long been interested in it, as our archives show.

“Astronomy is almost like a religion.

—An astronomy club participant, 1965

In 1608, Hans Lippershey, a Dutch manufacturer of glasses, is said to have designed the first telescope.

This instrument will make it possible to study the stars that surround the Earth and encourage their exploration at the same time by scientists and amateurs of all ages.

Report by journalist Andréanne Lafond who interviews members of an astronomy club on the passion they feel for this science.

From the 1950s, the invention of artificial satellites aroused a new enthusiasm for astronomy, as confirmed by a report by journalist Andréanne Lafont broadcast on the program Aujourd'hui on October 5, 1965.

The journalist went to meet some members of an astronomy club made up of teachers and amateurs.

There are people of all ages who explain to Andréanne Lafond why they are so interested in astronomy.

When viewing the report, we see that many amateur astronomers manufacture their own telescopes.

For many of them, it is a way of making the study of planets and stars even more economical.

However, crafting your own instrument requires a great deal of patience and perseverance.

Indeed, the manufacture of the concave and convex lenses, essential to create the magnifying effect of a telescope, generally requires dozens of hours of polishing.

The astronomy camp of Port-au-Saumon, in the county of Charlevoix, was founded in 1956 by the Clerics of Saint-Viateur from the college of Rigaud.

Journalist Élizabeth Gagnon goes to the Port-au-Saumon summer camp to meet young astronomy enthusiasts.

Journalist Élizabeth Gagnon went there and prepared this report which was broadcast on the show Téléjeans on October 7, 1978, hosted by Jacques Lemieux.

She talks to several young astronomy enthusiasts who spend the summer at the Port-au-Saumon camp.

Some are interested in specific astronomy questions such as the light spectrum of stars and planets or even the movements of the Moon.

Élizabeth Gagnon asks these curious young people if they want to make astronomy their profession when they are adults .

The interest exists, confirms one of the camp participants.

However, job opportunities in this field are still limited, he adds, a little doubtful.

Portrait of René Breton, student in astrophysics at Laval University and volunteer science popularizer

On August 24, 2003, the program From one to another presents a portrait of René Breton.

The 23-year-old has been passionate about astronomy ever since he attended scout camps.

His fervor has become so great that he enrolled in the astrophysics department of Laval University.

More so, he has integrated astronomy into his volunteering.

In Indeed, René Breton goes to schools and to the Mont-Cosmos Observatory in Saint-Elzéar-de-Beauce to popularize science.

Its purpose is to explain the phenomena of the sky to young people as simply as possible.

This student also wants to pass on his knowledge to children, particularly those who show little interest in school.

He hopes to give them motivation to continue their studies.

His participation in numerous exhibitions of sciences and his voluntary work allowed René Breton, who then never traveled, to go to Africa, France and Mexico.

René Breton did not believe that voluntary work scientist was going to take such a big place in his life.

He probably didn't know it at the time, but this action also prepared him well for his future professional career.

Today, René Breton is Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Manchester, UK.

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