In celebration of the 550th anniversary of the birth of the “Father of Modern Astronomy,” Nicolaus Copernicus, the Permanent Chair of Polish Culture at Canisius University is hosting a lecture by Br. Guy J. Consolmagno, SJ, today, Monday, October 23, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. at the Science Hall Commons of Canisius University.
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Br. Consolmagno is an American research astronomer, physicist, religious brother, and the Director of the Vatican Observatory and President of the Vatican Observatory Foundation. The lecture entitled Copernicus and Questions of Faith and Science will allow time for questions and book signings. It is free and open to the public with a reception following.
Br. Consolmagno, known as “the Pope’s Astronomer”, has a PhD in planetary science from the University of Arizona and Chairs the Mars Nomenclature Task Group at the International Astronomical Union. Among other awards, he has received an Honorary Degree from Georgetown University and the Carl Sagan Medal for outstanding communication by an active planetary scientist to the general public. He has authored or co-authored a number of books, including Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial?, Turn Left at Orion, Finding God in the Universe and has edited The Heavens Proclaim, a Vatican Observatory Publication, writes a monthly column on astronomy for the British Catholic periodical, The Tablet, and has an extensive list of Peer-Reviewed Publications.
The Vatican Observatory was established by the Holy See for astronomical research and public outreach to advance the scientific understanding of our universe and is one of the oldest active astronomical observatories in the world, with its roots going back to 1582 and the Gregorian reform of the calendar. The Jesuit astronomers of the Vatican Observatory have contributed to discoveries in many fields from the origins of our solar system to the structure of galaxies. Along with the Observatory in Castel Gandolfo, the Vatican Observatory Research Group maintains one of the most important centers in the world for observational astronomy in Tucson, Arizona.
Submitted by: The Permanent Chair of Polish Culture at Canisius University