Bro. Guy new head of Vatican Observatory

Pope Francis has picked Bro. Guy Consolmagno SJ as the new director of the Vatican Observatory.

A planetary scientist who has studied meteorites and asteroids with the observatory since 1993, Bro. Consolmagno studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and lectured there and at Harvard College Observatory before joining the Jesuit order in 1989. 

In 2000 the International Astronomical Union named an asteroid the ‘4597 Consolmagno’ after him, and in 2014 he was awarded the prestigious Carl Sagan Medal for his ability to communicate the discoveries of planetary science to the general public.

Pope Francis said that “the Church urgently needs religious who dedicate their lives to being on the very frontiers between faith and human knowledge, faith and science”.