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The man who brings astronomy to downtown Montreal

Defying the light pollution of downtown Montreal, Trever Kjorlien sets up his telescope in the city's busiest streets. His mission: to bring the wonders of the planets to the people of Montreal.
When he's not working as a web designer, Trevor Kjorlien takes his telescope to the streets and dedicates his time to amateur astronomy. (Craig Desson/CBC)
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The man and his telescope couldn't be farther from the dark sky; the preserve of professional astronomers.

On clear summer nights Trevor Kjorlien sets up on the busiest, brightest street corners in downtown Montreal and invites anyone, and everyone, to defy the light pollution and take a look.

Many people who look through Trevor's telescope are amazed by what they see. Trevor encounters countless people during his evenings on the streets who are stunned by what they can see in the night sky. (Craig Desson/CBC)

His mission? To bring the moon and the planets to the people.

I don't consider myself a religious person anymore, but I still feel this need to explain what all this means, what gives rise to consciousness, what's the point of all of this.- Trevor Kjorlien

"I don't consider myself a religious person anymore, but I still feel this need to explain what all this means, what gives rise to consciousness, what's the point of all of this," Kjorlien said. 

"We live in an… advanced society. We have access to unlimited amounts of information. And, yet, only 5 to 10 percent of the population knows you can see the planets with the naked eye."

Click 'listen' above to hear Craig Desson's documentary. 

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