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NASA’s Eclipse Website: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov
Why does the Vatican support an astronomical observatory? The roots of the Vatican Observatory go back to the Gregorian Reform of the Calendar in 1582, and its modern mission is to praise the Creator by doing good science. But this question masks a deeper question: why do individuals choose to spend their lives in pursuit of pure knowledge? The motivation behind our choices, both as individuals and as a society, affects the way we do science and ultimately the way we understand ourselves.
Logic and reason must always start with assumptions, and the assumptions behind science are, at their root, religious assumptions. Our core beliefs not only determine how we expect the universe to work; they also and just as importantly supply the motivation for the science we do, and indeed they determine why we as individuals choose to be scientists. This interplay, including the role of faith (and God) can be seen in how science developed in the medieval universities, during the Reformation, and even into the 20th century with the revolutions in modern physics.
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 many 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, and as Christians... not only what we do, but how — and why — we do it. (Short presentation, with extended Q&A)