Gilles Fontaine Dec. 9. 2010 By:Rutba Rahman Gilles Fontaine was born in 1948 at Levis, near Quebec City. He went to school at Laval University in Quebec City. (AstroLab. 2006) after he became an “Astroseismologist” which is an Astronomer who studies the internal structure of stars meaning to study the parts inside of the stars, by looking at changes in their light. Gilles Fontaine has won many awards like the BSC Physics award at Laval University in 1969 and the Marie-Victorian Award by the government of Quebec in 1999(Science, 2007). e was trained to study the main part of astronomy called astrophysics, to explain the characteristics of the universe, stars and planets at the university of Rochester in New York. (Fraser, Cain. 2009) . He is a world expert on looking at aging stars called White Dwarf stars. A white dwarf star is the end stage of a star; it is about huge as the sun only a little bigger than the earth, it uses up its energy and becomes much smaller. After a billion years the star cools down and dies.
Gilles Fontaine makes $97,320 per year in studying white dwarfs. His first interest took place when he became a star looker at the time he was a teen. Gilles Fontaine states “I wanted to know how stars die”. (Science. ca. 2007). Gilles Fontaine then followed his interest in stars and became to teach university students about the characteristics of the universe, stars and planets. In 1980, Gilles Fontaine made a very big discovery, he created instruments which calculated the universe was around 12 billion years old (Science, 2007).
Gilles Fontaine is successful in his career because there are attributes to become an Astronomer who studies the internal structure of stars. The attributes are good communication skills, excellent math skills, problem solving skills, imagination, logical thinking and passion for astronomy-the study of the universe and the objects in it. (Melville. 2010) One of the Technology Asterosismologists use is a photometer (AstroLab. 2006), which is used to measure the amount of light from the stars and they are lso used to measure the brightness of stars or of other celestial objects. The Galileo refractor is used by letting light through a large lens which is received by other lenses and focused on your eyes. Isaac Newton’s system of telescope is used by the light that enters and bounces off a mirror, and comes back up to find another slanted mirror that sends the light through a lens to meet your eye. The Whole Earth Telescope is a network of telescopes put along different positioned lengths around the globe that collects observations of white dwarf stars.
Astrophysics is the main branch of science that focuses on the behavior of the universe as well as the physical properties such as luminosity- how bright the object is, Density- how much material an object has in the space it takes up and Chemical composition-body of the object formed by combining two or more chemical substances. It also deals with the behavior of sun, moon, stars, earth, planets, comets, satellites and other type of celestial bodies. (NASA Science. 210) Science tries to study and find answers to the unsolved problems as to the study of the movements and positions of celestial bodies. “Entrance Exam. 2009) The study of Astrophysics has a great use in the field of space research , there are many courses available for a person finding a career in space technology because there are lot of opportunities and they would be paid well, it is a much respected job when the person gets chosen by a bigger or company such as NASA (“Entrance Exam. 2009) which is a space program for space exploration and scientific discovery. A child might appreciate Astronomy because they have curiosity to why there are stars at night, the sunrise and sunset, or why the sky is blue or gray. A parent should encourage their child’s curiosity for learning so the child can find out what they want to be in the future.
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