Br. Guy Consolmagno, SJ
March 4, 2016
"The Heavens Proclaim: Astronomy and the Vatican"
The roots of the Vatican Observatory go back to the Gregorian Reform of the Calendar in 1582, and it has been part of an extensive history of Church support for astronomy (Galileo to the contrary!) Its modern mission for the last hundred years is to show there is no inherent conflict between science and religion by simply being people supported by the Church whose sole mission is to "do good science." We'll look into the history of this activity, including a summary of what's being done at the Vatican Observatory today.
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Brother Guy Consolmagno SJ, a Jesuit brother, is Director of the Vatican Observatory and the President of the Vatican Observatory Foundation. He studies planets, meteorites and asteroids. He is a native of Detroit, Michigan, received BA and MA degrees from MIT, and earned his PhD in Planetary Sciences from the University of Arizona in 1978. Along with more than 200 scientific publications, he is the author of six popular astronomy books. In 2014 he received the Carl Sagan Medal from the American Astronomical Society Division for Planetary Sciences for excellence in public communication in planetary sciences.