Vatican Roundup

Vatican Roundup Jesuit Father Gabriele Gionti, an astronomer, points to a 1935 Zeiss telescope during a tour for media representatives of the Vatican Observatory at the papal villa at Castel Gandolfo, Italy, in this 2018 file photo. Photo: CNS/Paul Haring
Newly-discovered asteroid named after a pope The Vatican Observatory announced the naming of four newly-discovered asteroids after notable Catholics, including Pope Gregory XIII, who began the tradition of papal astronomers and observatories. Christopher Graney, a scientist at the Vatican Observatory, said in a press release that the Working Group for Small Bodies Nomenclature (WGSBN) of…
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