The Heavens Proclaim: Astronomy and the Vatican

Presented by Brother Guy J. Consolmagno, Vatican Astronomer

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.

Bio: Brother Guy Consolmagno SJ, is a native of Detroit, Michigan, graduating from the University of Detroit Jesuit High School in 1970. He studied planetary sciences at MIT (SB 1974, SM 1975) and the University of Arizona (PhD 1978), was a researcher at Harvard and MIT, served in the US Peace Corps in Kenya, and taught physics at Lafayette College before entering the Jesuits in 1989. Since 1993 he has served as an astronomer at the Vatican Observatory and was curator of the Vatican meteorite collection until his appointment 2014 as president of the Vatican Observatory Foundation. Dr. Consolmagno has been elected to the governing boards of a number of international scientific organisations, including the International Astronomical Union and the Meteoritical Society; in 2006 he served a year as the elected chair of the American Astronomical Society’s Division for Planetary Sciences. In 2014 he won that Division's Carl Sagan Medal for excellence in education and public outreach. Along with more than 200 scientific publications, he is the author of six popular astronomy books, most notably the best-selling Turn Left at Orion (with Dan M. Davis) and Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial? (with Fr. Paul Mueller SJ).

FREE lecture – Visitors Welcome. Early arrival is highly recommended!

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Monday 29 Aug 2016

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Mawson Centre Mawson Lakes Campus University of South Australia



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