Liverpool—Astronomy Talk: Seeing is Believing | Wed 26 Sep PDF Print E-mail

Seeing is Believing:

How the Telescope Changed Who We Are and What We Know


speaker: Tony Schellinck


Wednesday, September 26th at 7 p.m.

Astor Theatre, 219 Main St. Liverpool NS.


Admission fee: $5

(ALL WELCOME,  though we suggest children be at least twelve years old.)


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 Schellinck 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 Schellinck is an amateur astronomer, a member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and a keen observer of the night sky.  He has lectured about astronomy around the province and loves taking people out to view the constellations and stars at night.  He is a popular presenter at the Halifax Planetarium. His goal is to have people appreciate the significance of what they see when they look through small telescopes.