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Vatican Astronomer to present at Cardinal’s Lunch, 7 May

WelCom April 2019:

On Tuesday 7 May, at Te Papa Museum Wellington, internationally acclaimed astronomer and Director of the Vatican Observatory, Br Guy Consolmagno sj, will be presenting as the speaker in the first of the 2019 ‘Cardinal’s Lunch’ series.

As an expert in his discipline and alumni of MIT and the University of Arizona, Br Guy is a strong evangelist for both science and religion to be discussed as complementary to one another rather than contradictory. While in Wellington, Br Guy will be presenting on the theme ‘Our God is too small’, discussing how religion and science work together as well as some specialist topics on developments in astronomy.

Br Guy’s research is centred on the connections between meteorites and asteroids, and the origin and evolution of small bodies in the solar system. As well as over 40 refereed scientific papers, he has co-authored several books on astronomy that have been translated into multiple languages. During 1996, he took part in the Antarctic Search for Meteorites, ANSMET, where he discovered a number of meteorites on the ice fields of Antarctica. An asteroid was named in his honour by the International Astronomical Union, IAU in 2000: 4597 Consolmagno. In 2014, he was awarded the Carl Sagan Medal for outstanding communication by an active planetary scientist to the general public by the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society.

The Cardinal’s Lunch is an initiative started in 2018 to bring together leaders from within the Catholic community and the business world to encourage Catholic professionals to live out their faith and values in the workplace, creating a positive impact in business and to ‘network’. Br Guy’s presence at this Cardinal’s Lunch will have significant appeal to the science community.

You are invited to attend.

Please visit https://cardinal-lunch.lilregie.com to register and purchase tickets online ($115 plus gst) or email event@wn.catholic.org.nz or ph (04) 496-1778.