Ad­ven­tures of a Vat­i­can As­tronomer

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - LIFESTYLE & CULTURE -

Bro. Guy Con­sol­magno will be vis­it­ing Malta next week. He is both a Je­suit brother and a plan­e­tary sci­en­tist at the Vat­i­can Ob­ser­va­tory, split­ting his time be­tween the me­te­orite col­lec­tion in Rome and the Vat­i­can tele­scope in Ari­zona. Thanks to his Vat­i­can con­nec­tions, his work has sent him around the world sev­eral times to dozens of coun­tries and ev­ery con­ti­nent (in­clud­ing a me­te­orite hunt­ing ex­pe­di­tion to Antarc­tica). He will de­liver a talk to the pub­lic on Wed­nes­day 16th May 2018 at 6pm at Pope John Paul II hall at Stella Maris Col­lege, Gzira. In this talk he will share some of those ad­ven­tures, and re­flect on the larger mean­ing of the com­mon ex­pe­ri­ence as sci­en­tists... not only what they do, but why they do it.

Be­sides his ca­reer as a sci­en­tist Bro Guy is a pop­u­lar speaker and au­thor of sev­eral books pop­u­lar- ising astron­omy and science. His most pop­u­lar book is ‘Turn Left at Orion’ and a new edi­tion will be pub­lished soon. He be­lieves in the need for science and re­li­gion to work along­side one an­other rather than as com­pet­ing ide­olo­gies. In 2006 he said, “Re­li­gion needs science to keep it away from su­per­sti­tion and keep it close to re­al­ity, to pro­tect it from cre­ation­ism, which at the end of the day is a kind of pa­gan­ism - it’s turn­ing God into a na­ture god.”

Br Guy Con­sol­magno is an ex­cel­lent speaker and he has been awarded the Carl Sa­gan Medal for out­stand­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion by an ac­tive plan­e­tary sci­en­tist to the gen­eral pub­lic in 2014. He was last in Malta in 2004 when he de­liv­ered three ex­cel­lent talks at Bighi, and the pub­lic is en­cour­aged to at­tend next Wed­nes­day’s talk.

Bro. Guy Con­sol­magno

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