Stephanie, Queen's Square | December 2, 2019
This July marked the 50th Anniversary of humans walking on the moon, when NASA’s astronaut Neil Armstrong stepped onto the surface of the moon on July 20th 1969. We would never have reached that milestone if it had not been for the many scientists called “astronomers” who have studied space and the objects in it, such as planets, stars, comets and galaxies. Astronomy is one of the oldest natural sciences dating back centuries. The mathematician and inventor, Galileo made his first telescope in 1609 which made it possible to study the wonders of space.
There are many books in our collection relating to astronomy and the exciting study of space. You never know by exploring Astronomy and learning about space you may be inspired to become an astronaut just like Canada’s very own Chris Hadfield or Roberta Bondar.
Today you don’t have to be an astronomer to study and find constellations, which are formations of stars in the night sky. You can download one of the free star gazing apps to your smartphone, such as “SkyView” or “Sky Map”.
The study of the constellations of birth signs is called “Astrology”. Astrologists believe that the movements of the stars and planets supposedly have an effect on the lives and behaviour of people. Based on when we are born we all have an astrological sign.
If you were to use one of the constellation apps you would be able to see your astrological constellation. Or, take out one of the books in our collection.