Proclaiming the Heavens

Since February, our daily readership here at the Catholic Astronomer site has doubled. That's the good news. However, the number of folks who are subscribers or member/supporters hasn't doubled.

A lot of people read this site via the Vatican Observatory Foundation Facebook page, which is great. But you may not realize that we depend on paying supporters of the blog to keep this site operating.

We pay each of our bloggers – not much, but enough to maintain the principle that writers deserve an income, the laborer is worthy of a wage. (1 Timothy 5:18, for those Catholics in the audience who don't know their scripture!) And there are other technical support costs. Only your donations can keep this operation moving.

Of course, what I am hoping is that any donations above our costs (which, thankfully, we do have) can grow to become a major support for the work of the Vatican Observatory Foundation. It takes a lot of money to run a telescope on a regular basis, not to mention all the outreach and other programs that we engage in.

I am glad to accept "a lot of money" from those who can give it; we wouldn't have a telescope (or indeed a foundation) without their generous support. But to be honest, it feels even better to get a little bit of money from a lot of people, because that ensures that we really are doing something that a lot of people can appreciate. The purpose of the Vatican Observatory is to Show The World that the church supports astronomy. The world is more than just a few wealthy donors.

So, for $10 a month (you probably spend that much on coffee in a day) you could be one of that cloud of witnesses (that's another Bible quote) who believe as we do that the heavens proclaim the glory of God, and we can do our part by proclaiming the heavens. To learn how to donate, please click HERE

And by being a member, and only by being a member, you can access the comment section and add your thoughts to our blogs.

Thank you for your attention. Attached is some eye-candy from the Vatican Observatory Advanced Technology Telescope:

The galaxy NGC 2683. imaged at the VATT in 2012

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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