Plateau Astro

is creating astronomy events, workshops, and live streams in Montréal.

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Moon Riser

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$2
per month
You are helping to spread space and astronomy education around Montréal. Thank you so much!

This isn't your typical business venture and I think there's some fun stories to be told about it. You'll gain access to Patreon-only audio posts about how I'm turning Plateau Astro into a business.

Perks
  • access to supporter-only "Building the Biz" audio posts / RSS feed

Price
Equivalent to ~$2.50 CAD / month

Sun Setter

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$4
per month
At this tier, you get shipped a pair of Plateau Astro-branded Sun Spotters! These allow you to safely look at the Sun at any time, and might come in handy when a solar eclipse comes around in 2024.

You'll also receive audio interviews that I do with people involved in the space industry in Montréal, which I turn into articles on the Plateau Astro blog.

Perks
  • 1 pair of Sun Spotters
  • access to audio interviews with Montréal space industry folks
  • access to supporter-only "Building the Biz" audio posts / RSS feed

Price

Equivalent to ~$5.00 CAD / month

Planet Chaser

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$8
per month
My god, you're incredible. At this level, I'm going to ship you a 2021 Viewing Companion notebook which will show you things in the sky to look for throughout the year.

You'll also get 25% off workshops and events.

Perks
  • 25% off workshops and events
  • 1 copy of 2021 Viewing Companion notebook (and future years)
  • 1 pair of Sun Spotters
  • access to audio interviews with Montréal space industry folks
  • access to supporter-only "Building the Biz" audio posts / RSS feed

Price

Equivalent to ~$10.00 CAD / month

20

patrons

$130

per month

About

Astronomy should be accessible, affordable, and practical. Even in the middle of a city.

I'm Trevor Kjorlien and I live in the Plateau in Montréal, one of the most light-polluted cities in the world. It's also where I teach the sky.

When we think of astronomy, we often imagine going far outside of the city to avoid light pollution and looking at the night sky. This is truly an incredible place to enjoy astronomy, but it's inaccessible to many people. It's my mission to teach as much about the sky in the place that we live as affordably as possible.

Also, we are lucky to live in Montréal. Most people who live here don't know how much "space stuff" is going on here. The Canadian Space Agency is a brief bike ride away, our universities are discovering planets around other stars, and companies that are involved in the space industry are based in Montréal. I'd like more people to know about this.

Events and Workshops

In pre-COVID times, I would organize events, such as Moonrise where we would watch the Full Moon rise on the horizon from on top of Mont Royal. I would also do workshops, such as teaching how to see the International Space Station fly overhead, or how to witness the rotation of the Earth by watching a sunset.

Due to COVID-19, I've had to postpone most of these. But the teaching goes on.

Live Streams

Each week, I choose a topic and on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, I do a ~15 minutes live stream on Facebook and Instagram about the subject.

Writing

I write about astronomy and space on my blog: plateauastro.com/blog

Videos

Starting in autumn 2020, I will be creating video series about practical astronomy in a light-polluted city like Montréal.

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