“Vesta and the Chaotic Formation of Planets”
by Br. Guy J. Consolmagno, S.J. (Director, Vatican Observatory)
The Astronomical League of the Philippines is inviting everyone to join us this July 22, 2023 (Saturday) at 8:30 pm Philippine Standard Time (8:30 am EDT, 12:30 UTC) for an online talk on “Vesta and the Chaotic Formation of Planets”by no other than the Pope’s astronomer and the Director of the Vatican Observatory at Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Br. Guy J. Consolmagno, S.J.
Ten years ago, NASA’s Dawn mission was sent to asteroid 4 Vesta to inspect, up close, an intact protoplanet from the dawn of the solar system. Except, Vesta’s overall density is too low and its core and crust too big to fit anything like what we expect an intact protoplanet to look like. Instead, Vesta is giving us new clues to planet formation and evolution in a violent early solar system.
Br. Guy Consolmagno S.J. is the director of the Vatican Observatory and a planetary scientist studying meteorites and asteroids. A native of Detroit, Michigan, he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from MIT and Ph.D. from the University of Arizona, all in the field of planetary science. He entered the Jesuit order in 1989 and joined the staff of the Vatican Observatory in 1993.
Along with more than 200 scientific publications, he is the author of several popular books on astronomy and the relationship between faith and science. In 2014, he was recognized by the American Astronomical Society’s Division for Planetary Sciences with the Carl Sagan Medal for excellence in public communication in planetary sciences. In 2000, the International Astronomical Union named asteroid 1983 UA1 as 4597 Consolmagno in his honor.
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