Adventures of a Vatican Astronomer

Adventures of a Vatican Astronomer

5.30pm, 11th February 2019

Join us for an evening with Br. Guy Consolmagno, head of the Vatican Observatory. Br. Guy Consolmagno is both a Jesuit brother and a planetary scientist at the Vatican Observatory, splitting his time between the meteorite collection in Rome and the Vatican telescope in Arizona. Thanks to his Vatican connections, his work has sent him around the world several times to dozens of countries and every continent (including a meteorite hunting expedition to Antarctica). In this talk he will share some of those adventures, and reflect on the larger meaning of our common experience as scientists... not only what we do, but why we do it.

Food for Thought: God, Aquinas, and the Search for Alien Life

Food for Thought: God, Aquinas, and the Search for Alien Life

5.45pm, Wednesdays 7, 14, 28 November 2018

How would the discovery of extraterrestrial life affect the beliefs and practices of the human race? Would the discovery of alien life affect our ideas about God? In this Food for Thought module, we look at the modern State of the Universe, its many planets and the implications for religious belief if we find life on one of them.

Carl Sagan, Vatican Astronomers and the Search for Alien Life in our Solar System

Carl Sagan, Vatican Astronomers and the Search for Alien Life in our Solar System

7pm Thursday, 8th November 2018

How close are we to discovering extraterrestrial life? What would its discovery mean for religious faith in our modern world? Where do science and faith overlap?

Join us for an inspiring talk by Professor Jonathan Lunine, Director of the Cornell Center for Astrophysics and Planetary Science and a member of the NASA teams behind the Cassini and Juno missions.

Faith and Film: Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar"

Faith and Film: Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar"

Sunday 8th April, 7.30pm Newman Center 3720 Chestnut St. 

In Christopher Nolan's groundbreaking science fiction epic, the Earth has been devastated by famine. There is only one way to ensure mankind's survival: interstellar travel. A newly discovered wormhole in the far reaches of the solar system allows a team of astronauts to go where no man has gone before, in search of a world that may hold the key to humanity's future.

Interested? Sign up for a session here!