Posts Tagged ‘Astronomy’

Southern skies and Mt John experience wow Vatican astronomer Comments 0

Monday, May 13th, 2019

Brother Guy Consolmagno, the Vatican Astronomer​  believes Tekapo is one of the best places in the world for astronomy. “There’s few places where you can actually see the stars that brightly that the Milky Way casts a shadow. And you forget that’s the way the universe used to look to everybody before we filled the sky with Read more

Students query Vatican’s astronomer about his faith Comments 0

Monday, May 6th, 2019
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“The Church loves science. To be close to the universe is to be close to God” says Brother Guy Consolmagno,​ director of the Vatican Observatory. He has been visiting New Zealand on a lecture tour been sponsored by Catholic Discovery (formerly the Catholic Enquiry Centre). Consolmagno made this remark after students at Hamilton’s St John College challenged him Read more

First solar eclipse: astronomers check Bible Comments 0

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

The first record of a solar eclipse is in the Bible, say scientists from the University of Cambridge. Colin Humphreys, a physicist at England’s University of Cambridge, and his colleague astrophysicist Graeme Waddington, say a reference in the Book of Joshua refers to a solar eclipse. Leading the Israelites into battle in Canaan, Joshua said: Read more

Behold a Billion Stars in This Stunning New Map of the Milky Way Comments 0

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

The European Space Agency just released a three-dimensional map of the Milky Way galaxy that charts the location of over a billion celestial objects. The new 3D map reflects the first 14 months of data collected by ESA’s Gaia satellite. Launched on December 19, 2013, Gaia orbits the Sun-Earth second Lagrange point (L2), which lies Read more

Pope’s Astronomer, Guy Consolmagno, to speak on Waiheke Island Comments 0

Friday, July 29th, 2016

Brother Guy Consolmagno, director of the Vatican Observatory, will be speaking at an event on Waiheke Island in mid September. Consolmagno is a Jesuit brother and president of the Vatican Observatory Foundation. He’ll discuss the interface between science and humanity, our place in the universe and what it means to us if life is found Read more

Vatican astronomer sure there is life on other planets Comments 0

Friday, September 26th, 2014

A Vatican astronomer believes there is life elsewhere in the universe, but he says discovering this will neither prove nor disprove the existence of God. Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, who is the new president of the Vatican Observatory Foundation, said news of such a discovery won’t come as a big surprise. Br Consolmagno said he Read more

Is there anybody out there? – 2.2 billion planets like earth Comments 0

Friday, July 25th, 2014

While astronomers haven’t discovered aliens, 2013 was the year that they discovered that the Milky Way is inhabited by 20 billion planets like earth. With the Milky Way being one of up to 500 billion galaxies, we’re looking at 10 sextillion planets. Numerically, one sextillion looks like 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 – times this by ten and the Read more

Jesuit awarded Carl Sagan Medal for science communication Comments 0

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

A Jesuit brother has received the Carl Sagan Medal for his communication of astronomy and planetary science. Br Guy Consolmagno was given the award by The American Astronomical Society’s (AAS) Division for Planetary Sciences. The AAS praised Br Consolmagno for becoming “the voice of the juxtaposition of planetary science and astronomy with Christian belief”. It Read more

Hawking’s vision has stalled. Comments 0

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

On May 19, 2011 front page news in The Dominion Post reported that software made by Massey University computer scientist and astrophysicist, Ian Bond, enabled findings of 10 giant free-floating gas planets around the size of Jupiter.  The planets are believed to be about two-thirds of the way to the centre of the galaxy, which Read more