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Students from the Vatican Observatory's summer school at an audience with Pope Francis

Vatican Observatory to reopen summer school for aspiring astronomers

Aug 24, 2022

By Leonardo Colon

The Vatican Observatory will resume its four-week summer school next June following a pause in operations due to the global... Read more

NASA’s Webb captures a dying star’s Final ‘Performance’ in fine detail: A planetary nebula, shaped like an irregular oval, with lacy, reddish orange plumes of gas and dust.

Vatican astronomer: Webb telescope space images are ‘food for the human spirit’

Jul 14, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The first images from the James Webb space telescope reveal God’s creation and feed our souls, a Jesuit brother and... Read more

Br. Guy Consolmagno at the Vatican Observatory in Italy on Nov. 22, 2013.

Vatican Observatory’s new website a launch pad to show the Catholic Church supports science

Apr 8, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Br. Guy Consolmagno, director of the Vatican Observatory, said that the old website “was hardly ever visited.” Read more

Br. Guy Consolmagno at the Vatican Observatory in Italy on Nov. 22, 2013.

Is the rare ‘Christmas Star’ visible this December the Star of Bethlehem?

Dec 10, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

The “Great Conjunction” of Jupiter and Saturn taking place this month -- dubbed the “Christmas Star” -- is a pretty... Read more

Research astronomer Fr. Christopher Corbally. Courtesy of Fr. Corbally

Catholic priest ‘thoroughly surprised’ to have asteroid named after him

Jun 26, 2020

Somewhere between Mars and Jupiter there is a hunk of rock that now bears the name of a living English... Read more

Vatican astronomer: If you're afraid of science, you don't have faith

May 10, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Jesuit director of the Vatican Observatory, who has worked as an astronomer and planetary scientist at the Vatican for... Read more

Br. Guy Consolmagno at the Living the Catholic Faith Conference in Denver, Colo. on March 3, 2012.

Vatican astronomer says 'God particle' is misnamed, but exciting

Jul 6, 2012

While it has no direct bearing on theology or revelation, the scientific discovery hailed by some as the “God particle”... Read more