Éric Lagadec: “The protection of the starry sky advances” – Le Figaro

Éric Lagadec is an astrophysicist at the Côte d’Azur Observatory. Dylan Meiffret/PHOTOPQR/NICE MATIN/MAXPPP

INTERVIEW – The French astrophysicist defends the fight against light pollution so that everyone can marvel at the spectacle of the stars, as they have since the dawn of humanity.

Éric Lagadec is an astrophysicist at the Côte d’Azur Observatory in Nice. He was president of the French Society of Astronomy and Astrophysics, but is now known to the general public on social networks for the clarity and quality of his scientific explanations, where he is followed by more than 150,000 people. He published his first book, The Cosmic Odyssey. An Intimate History of the Stars (Seuil), in which he manages to make accessible the latest discoveries about the stars, the planets and the history of the universe while recounting with simplicity the life of a professional astronomer at the beginning of the 21st century.

LE FIGARO. – You repeat several times in your book that humanity is losing contact with heaven, which, as you explain, is humanity’s oldest common heritage. For what?

Eric LAGADEC. – When I start my astrophysics class with my students in Nice, I ask them how many of them…

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