"Why Do We Look to the Heavens?" with Guy Consolmagno, S.J.

March 1, 2018 7 – 9 p.m.

Why Do We Look to the Heavens? with Guy Consolmagno, S.J.

Astronomer, writer, and lecturer, Brother Guy Consolmagno, S.J., is director of the Vatican Observatory and president of the Vatican Observatory Foundation. After earning undergraduate and master's degrees at MIT and a Ph.D. in planetary science at the University of Arizona, Consolmagno did post-doctoral research at Harvard University and MIT, served with the U.S. Peace Corps in Kenya, and taught physics at Lafayette College. He has worked at the Vatican Observatory since 1993 exploring the connections between meteorites, asteroids, and the evolution of small solar system bodies. His work has taken him to every continent. In 1996, he spent six weeks collecting meteorites with a NASA team on the blue ice regions of East Antarctica.

Consolmagno is the author of more than 200 publications in his field as well as books such as Brother Astronomer: Adventures of a Vatican Scientist and Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial? (co-authored with fellow Jesuit Paul Mueller), which engage readers at the intersections of science and religion. He has hosted science programs for BBC, Radio 4, appeared on the The Colbert Report, and written monthly science columns for the British Catholic magazine The Tablet. In 2014, Brother Consolmagno received the Carl Sagan Medal from the American Astronomical Society Division for Planetary Sciences for excellence in public communication in planetary sciences.

Presented by the William H. Shannon Chair in Catholic Studies








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