Another reminder… support this site!

Since my last "meta" posting like this, nearly a year ago, our site has grown wonderfully. We now have three hundred or more hits a day, double what we were doing a year ago, and some 225 people subscribe to the free emails that tell them when a new posting occurs.

But this site does not run for free. I am a strong believer that good writers deserve to be paid, and even though we can't afford much, we do pay our (non-Jesuit) contributors. We also pay an excellent IT person to keep the site up and running. The funds come from "supporters like you" as PBS likes to remind us.

Plus, we hope that subscribers to this site will be moved to support the astronomy and outreach work of the Vatican Observatory Foundation.

That means, please, if you can, consider joining our Sacred Space group. For just $10 a month you can help us do the work we do, supporting the Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope and the education and public outreach efforts (like this blog!) of the Vatican Observatory Foundation.

In addition, by joining, you can join in on the conversations (i.e. you can comment on the blog entries.) We also have a number of other nice items we'll pass out as premiums (premia?) for supporters at a higher level.

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Br. Guy Consolmagno

About Br. Guy Consolmagno

Brother Guy Consolmagno SJ is Director of the the Vatican Observatory and President of the Vatican Observatory Foundation. A native of Detroit, Michigan, he earned undergraduate and masters' degrees from MIT, and a Ph. D. in Planetary Science from the University of Arizona; he was a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard and MIT, served in the US Peace Corps (Kenya), and taught university physics at Lafayette College before entering the Jesuits in 1989.

At the Vatican Observatory since 1993, his research explores connections between meteorites, asteroids, and the evolution of small solar system bodies, observing Kuiper Belt comets with the Vatican's 1.8 meter telescope in Arizona, and applying his measure of meteorite physical properties to understanding asteroid origins and structure. Along with more than 200 scientific publications, he is the author of a number of popular books including Turn Left at Orion (with Dan Davis), and most recently Would You Baptize an Extraterrestial? (with Father Paul Mueller, SJ). He also has hosted science programs for BBC Radio 4, been interviewed in numerous documentary films, appeared on The Colbert Report, and for more than ten years he has written a monthly science column for the British Catholic magazine, The Tablet.

Dr. Consolmagno's work has taken him to every continent on Earth; for example, in 1996 he spent six weeks collecting meteorites with a NASA team on the blue ice regions of East Antarctica. He has served on the governing boards of the Meteoritical Society; the American Astronomical Society Division for Planetary Sciences (of which he was chair in 2006-2007); and IAU Commission 16 (Planets and Satellites). In 2000, the small bodies nomenclature committee of the IAU named an asteroid, 4597 Consolmagno, in recognition of his work. In 2014 he received the Carl Sagan Medal from the American Astronomical Society Division for Planetary Sciences for excellence in public communication in planetary sciences.

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