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 last week of January was a historic week for space news.
David H. Levy’s bio on the Vatican Observatory website declares that he is “one of the most successful comet discoverers in history.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
From solstices, sunspots, and solar wind, the sun continues to fascinate us.
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."
On April 10, 2019, the first image of a black hole and its shadow was revealed to the world.