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DeSales University Bringing Vatican Astronomer to Campus

Crab NebulaThe Salesian Center for Faith and Reason at DeSales University in Center Valley, Penn., announced that it will host official Vatican astronomer Brother Guy Consolmango, S.J. later this month for a town hall discussion.

Br. Consolmango will be joined in the discussion, billed as a “special event on Science and Religion,” by Dean of Graduate Education and Associate Professor in Biology, Fr. Peter Leonard, OSFS.  The event is scheduled for February 27, and is open to the public.

According to the University:

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.

DeSales University is recommended in The Newman Guide for its strong Catholic identity.

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