When: 7:30 pm 7th May
Where: Notre Dame des Missions Performing Arts Centre, Sacred Heart College, 65 Laings Rd, Lower Hutt.
Known as “The Pope’s Astronomer,” Br Guy Consolmagno SJ will be delivering a free public lecture on the 7th May at the Notre Dame des Missions Performing Arts Centre, Sacred Heart College, Lower Hutt. He was appointed by Pope Francis to be the Director of the Vatican Observatory in September 2015, and is the President of the Vatican Observatory Foundation. He is a Jesuit religious brother, world leading astronomer, researcher, author, TED Talks and American University circuit speaker, who is visiting New Zealand to discuss his vision of God and our universe.
His research is centred on the connections between meteorites and asteroids, and the origin and evolution of small bodies in the solar system. In addition to over 40 refereed scientific papers, he has co-authored several books on astronomy for the popular market, which 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.
Br Guy believes in the need for science and religion to work alongside one another rather than as competing ideologies. The title of his talk is Our God is Too Small, where he will look at humanity’s venture on to the other planets in the solar system, the unimaginable size of the cosmos and the need for us to understand the universe created by God.
This free public lecture has been made available through Catholic Discovery NZ @catholicdiscovery.nz and the Wellington Astronomical Society @WellingtonAstronomicalSociety. Details for the lecture can be found on Eventfinda. Bookings are essential through Eventfinda as tickets will be checked at the door.
Abstract – Our God is Too Small
Humanity’s robots have visited every planet in the solar system; and fifty years ago, humans even walked on the Moon. The contrast between “the World” and “the Cosmos” is becoming blurred, even as we are learning just how big the Cosmos is. We need to understand that all those other planets are real places, part of the same universe created by God and redeemed by the Incarnation. This presents a glorious opportunity for us to come to grips with what it means to be a creature, and what it means to be redeemed… and to truly appreciate the words of the Psalmist:
When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them? Yet you have made them a little lower than God and crowned them with glory and honour.