Thursday 26 April, 6.30–8.30pm

Deakin Edge Auditorium, Federation Square, corner Flinders and Swanston Streets, Melbourne

Br Guy Consolmagno SJ is the president of the Vatican Observatory, one of the oldest astronomical research institutions in the world. Having studied planetary sciences at MIT and the University of Arizona, Br Guy worked as a researcher at Harvard and MIT, served in the US Peace Corps in Kenya and taught physics at Lafayette College before entering the Jesuits in 1989. Since 1993, he has worked as an astronomer at the Vatican Observatory, and was appointed president of the Vatican Observatory Foundation in 2014.

In Br Consolmagno’s words:

Only by discovering other planets do we have a really good idea of understanding what it is to be a planet. Only by discovering life elsewhere will we really understand what makes life, life. I’m not afraid of finding other intelligences out there—I’m thrilled. I’m not afraid when something in my science challenges something I’d assumed all along in my faith, because I’ll tell you what happens all the time in my science—this bit of science challenges this bit of science, and I don’t throw my hands up and say, ‘The heck with science’, but say instead, ‘Wow’, which we know is the first step to a scientific breakthrough ... to be able to say ‘I thought I understood God, but now I see something that makes me realise my picture of God was way too small’.

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