Vatican Observatory Astronomer Visit


It was a pleasure to have Brother Guy Consolmagno of the Vatican Observatory Foundation call in this evening at the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium and present a special session in the Cosmic Skydome. He related how the friends of the night sky (the stars) changed the course of his life in Nairobi back in 1983. We also flew through the Solar System to the Asteroid Belt and he talked us through that region and eventually to the limit of the observable universe. Guy particularly specialises in meteorites. Earlier this year, he won the Carl Sagan Medal for “outstanding communication by an active planetary scientist to the general public”. The Medal is awarded by the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society. The Medal will be presented next month. Photo: Planetarium staff Duncan Waldron, Greg Slaats and myself with Brother Consolmagno (2nd from right). — Mark Rigby

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