Vatican astronomer coming via livestream to you

VATICAN CITY — Have you ever wanted to talk to a Vatican astronomer? Well, here is your chance.

U.S. Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, an astronomer with the Vatican Observatory, is pictured with the observatory's meteorite collection. (CNS photo/Alessia Giuliani, Catholic Press Photo).

This Wednesday at noon Mountain Standard Time (2 p.m. Eastern), Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno will bring some starry knowledge down to Earth and help people understand the church’s views and the latest scientific discoveries about our universe.

The online version of the Arizona Daily Star newspaper will host the live “cosmic chat” with Brother Guy right here at this link and give people from all over the world a chance to hear him “make sense of the universe” and ask him questions.

Brother Guy, a prolific author and lecturer from Detroit, specializes in planetary science and is the curator of the Vatican Observatory’s meteorite collection at Castel Gandolfo, Italy. However, like many of the Vatican’s Jesuit astronomers, he spends a lot of time working at the Vatican Observatory Research Group in Tucson, Ariz.

For anyone who is in the Tucson area, Brother Guy and other astronomers will be featured in a series of public lectures on the universe hosted by the University of Arizona College of Science. Brother Guy will speak in the first of six lectures Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. at the UA’s Centennial Hall.

By the way, CNS had the story way before TV satirist Stephen Colbert did about the impact the discovery of alien life would have on Catholic belief!