Astronomy, God, and the Search for Elegance

Astronomy, God, and the Search for Elegance

Do faith and science operate in completely separate, non-overlapping realms? In the first of a series of articles for Thinking Faith, Vatican Astronomer, Guy Consolmagno SJ, explores how science works, how scientists work, and the place that faith has in science—simply because scientists are people.

The End of Spitzer’s Mission (the telescope) and Other Space News

The End of Spitzer’s Mission (the telescope) and Other Space News

The last week of January was a historic week for space news.

David Levy: Amateur Comet Hunter Extraordinaire

David Levy: Amateur Comet Hunter Extraordinaire

David H. Levy’s bio on the Vatican Observatory website declares that he is “one of the most successful comet discoverers in history.” 

Men on Mars? Updates from the Red Planet

Men on Mars? Updates from the Red Planet

Appearing once again in the morning sky, Mars is visible just before sunrise from October to December. While this might be of interest to stargazers and early risers, Mars has also appeared in the news with startling regularity.

Mountains on Mole Hills and Volcanoes in Strange Lands

Mountains on Mole Hills and Volcanoes in Strange Lands

They dominate the landscape; they can determine the weather nearby, and if steep and high enough, they offer the perfect challenge to many an adventurer.

On the Warping and the Wonders of the Milky Way

On the Warping and the Wonders of the Milky Way

Gazing at the heavens has fostered wonder, curiosity, and inspiration since ancient days. Noticing the changing movement of the sun and the stars with the passing of days, months, and seasons, stargazers and philosophers have tried to make sense of what they witnessed.

Dr. Vera Rubin and Why Dark Matter Matters

Dr. Vera Rubin and Why Dark Matter Matters

Because of Dr. Vera Rubin, dark matter became a household term in the 1980’s, but we still aren’t sure what it is or even if it really exists.

An Update on the Solar Parker Probe

An Update on the Solar Parker Probe

From solstices, sunspots, and solar wind, the sun continues to fascinate us.

Apollo 11’s 50th Anniversary: Celebrating the 'Third Astronaut'

Apollo 11’s 50th Anniversary: Celebrating the 'Third Astronaut'

Approximately 650 million people around the world watched the harrowing landing of Apollo 11’s lunar module, and Neil Armstrong’s historic first step and memorable words: "One small step for man: one giant step for mankind."

Black Holes, Stephen Hawking, and the Evangelical Physicist Who Proved Him Wrong

Black Holes, Stephen Hawking, and the Evangelical Physicist Who Proved Him Wrong

On April 10, 2019, the first image of a black hole and its shadow was revealed to the world.

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