Today we introduce a new feature to Sacred Space Astronomy: regular mini-posts that simply highlight of one of the entries from the Vatican Observatory Faith and Science pages. These mini-posts will appear twice each month, once on the 8th of the month, and once on the 25th of the month. Why the 8th and the 25th? Because the 1st and the 15th would be too boring, too normal, and not astronomical enough. Therefore, the mini-posts will appear on the 8th, because there are eight major planets orbiting the sun, and on the 25th, because twenty-five hours is the approximate amount of time between one moonrise and the next! Today’s featured entry from the Vatican Observatory Faith and Science pages: “Giuseppe Piazzi and the Discovery of the Proper Motion of 61-Cygni” (click here for it) Fr. Giuseppe Piazza discovered the proper motion of the star 61 Cygni at the end of the eighteenth century. A star’s proper motion is its motion … Continue reading →
About Faith and Science
The Vatican Observatory Faith and Science pages are a selection of hundreds of articles, videos, and audio files on the topic of Faith and Science, for the use of Catholic educators and Catholics seeking education (and others who are interested as well), produced by members of the Vatican Observatory with the support of the Vatican Observatory Foundation.