Canada turnaround to keep observatory in first dark skies zone open

Excellent news! Amazing what can happen in an election year.

“Our government will pay to keep the Observatoire Astronomique du Mont-Mégantic open for the two years,” International Development Minister Christian Paradis said in a Twitter message.

The Tory minister’s pledge to postpone cutting federal funding for the telescope in his electoral district comes ahead of October elections.

Earlier, Rene Doyon, a professor at the University of Montreal, who is responsible for keeping the observatory up and running, told AFP the observatory was scheduled to close on April 1.