Vatican Astronomer To Speak At DeSales

by Lore McFadden Westwood | Jan 31, 2014

The Salesian Center for Faith & Culture will host a special event on Science and Religion at DeSales University on Thursday, February 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the DeSales University Center.  The special guest speaker will be Vatican astronomer Bro. Guy Consolmagno, SJ, who will be joined by the Dean of Graduate Education and Associate Professor in Biology at DeSales University, Rev. Peter Leonard, OSFS for this town hall discussion. The event is free and open to the public, no tickets are required.

Bro. Guy ConsolmagnoBr. Guy Consolmagno SJ obtained his bachelor's of science in 1974 and master's of science in 1975 in earth and planetary sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and his PhD in planetary science from the University of Arizona in 1978.

Consolmagno was a postdoctoral fellow and lecturer at the Harvard College Observatory before he left to join the US Peace Corps. Following his military service he became an assistant professor of physics at Lafayette College, in Easton, Pennsylvania, where he taught until his entry into the Jesuit order in 1989. He was assigned to the Vatican Observatory in 1993.

Consolmagno has served on the governing boards of the Meteoritical Society; the International Astronomical Union's Division III, Planetary Systems Science and Commission 16, Moons and Planets; and the American Astronomical Society Division for Planetary Sciences. He has co-authored five astronomy books and is curator of the Vatican meteorite collection in Castel Gandolfo, one of the largest in the world.

His research explores the connections between meteorites and asteroids, and the origin and evolution of small bodies in the solar system. In 1996, he spent six weeks collecting meteorites with an NSF-sponsored team on the blue ice of Antarctica, and in 2000 he was honored by the IAU for his contributions to the study of meteorites and asteroids with the naming of asteroid 4597 Consolmagno.

Established in 2000, The Salesian Center for Faith and Culture’s mission is to promote the interaction of faith and culture, in a mutually beneficial engagement, through academic initiatives that focus on the authentic integration of social concerns and gospel values. The Salesian Center supports intellectual activity in research studies, dialogue events including public forums and lectures and partnership programs. For information about The Salesian Center for Faith and Culture, visit our website or call 610-282-1100, ext. 1244.

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