Seamlessly weaving a wealth of knowledge and dedication to the scientific method with strong faith in Christ, the Vatican Observatory is a unique international entity. The history and composition of the observatory imposes an international profile. Did you know?
- The Observatory had its beginnings centuries ago in Rome and is governed by the Vatican City State
- Current headquarters are located within the Papal Summer Residence, an extraterritorial area of the Italian town of Castel Gandolfo
- The Telescope (VATT), Research Group (VORG) and Foundation (VOF) offices are located in or near Tucson, Arizona
- The Staff hails from the United States, England, Argentina, Congo, Czech Republic, Poland, and Italy
- Each scientist has a distinct field of interest and participates in independent scientific research projects collaborating with colleagues from every corner of the globe.
- Every two years a group of 25 graduate students gather in Castel Gandolfo for the Vatican Observatory Summer School (VOSS). Most come from third world countries and are taught by VO staff, VOSS alumni and professors from several countries.
With the support of generous benefactors the VOF is working to increase its educational outreach and visibility among all peoples.
The moon sets over one of the telescope domes in the Papal Summer Residence Gardens in Castel Gandolfo