Br. Guy Consolmagno SJ, President of the Vatican Observatory Foundation and senior planetary scientist, has an extensive research record and library of public presentations on astronomy and the relationship between science and religion.
His research explores connections between meteorites, asteroids, and the evolution of small solar system bodies. With collaborators at the Vatican’s 1.8 meter Advanced Technology Telescope in Arizona, he surveys the broad band colors and light curves of Kuiper Belt objects, using these data to develop an understanding of their compositions and internal structures as a function of their orbital parameters. At Castel Gandolfo, he curates the Vatican’s meteorite collection and measures meteorite physical properties, including density, porosity, magnetic susceptibility, thermal conductivity, and heat capacity. His work has resulted in more than 200 scientific publications.
Br. Guy Consolmagno has a decades-long track record of communicating planetary science to the public while maintaining an active science career. In addition, he occupies a unique position within our profession as a credible spokesperson for scientific honesty within the context of religious belief. As a Jesuit Brother, Guy has become the voice of the juxtaposition of planetary science and astronomy with Christian belief, a rational spokesperson who can convey exceptionally well how religion and science can co-exist for believers.”
Br. Guy is interested in sharing content used in his research and public presentations with teachers in science and religion. Below is a sample of some of his content. We would greatly appreciate your input on how you might use this content in your teaching practice.
Links to Resources by Brother Guy, S.J.