Why Does the Pope Have an Astronomer?
A brief history of the Vatican Observatory
April 25, 2006, 7 p.m. Milwaukee Public Museum
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.
Brother Guy Consolmagno received degrees in Earth and Planetary Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his Ph. D. in Planetary Science from the University of Arizona in 1978. He took vows as a Jesuit brother in 1991 and serves as curator of the Vatican Meteorite collection. Today, he divides his time between Tucson, Arizona, where he observes asteroids and Kuiper Belt comets with the Vatican's 1.8 meter telescope on Mt. Graham, and Castel Gandolfo, Italy, home of the Vatican meteorites.
Cost: Free for Museum members & students with ID, $5 for general public.
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Brother Guy Consolmagno is also the author of Turn Left at Orion: A Hundred Night Sky Objects to See in a Small Telescope - and How to Find Them.