Seeing Is Believing – Astronomy Lecture – Sept.26 @7pm
Seeing is Believing: How the Telescope Changed Who We Are and What We Know
Professor Tony Schellinck will help you appreciate the significance of what you see in the night sky when you look through a small telescope. Weather permitting, we will venture out into the night sky after the talk and you will experience your own Galileo moments.
On a cool November evening in 1609 Galileo Galilei raised his newly constructed telescope to the sky and changed forever the way humankind views of the universe. The technology had been around for centuries, spectacles having been invented over three centuries earlier. However, looking through a small tube with a lens at either end changed humankind’s understanding of who we are and our place in the universe. From then on, each generation would have its own amazing Galileo moments as the technical capabilities for scanning the universe improved. Tony will describe the beginnings of this journey of discovery, both in terms of the telescope’s evolution over time and the impacts it has had on our understanding of the cosmos.
Tony is an amateur astronomer, a member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and a frequent observer of the night sky. He has lectured about observing and astronomy around the province and loves taking people out to view the constellations and find deep sky objects at night. He is a popular presenter at the Halifax Planetarium.
$5.00 General Seating