The students at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School got a special treat during their lunch hour, Friday. Guy Consolmagno, Director of the Vatican Observatory, stopped by to speak at the school and prepare the students for the upcoming total solar eclipse.
“I never thought I’d meet anybody from the Vatican,” said Oscar Nicanor, who is homeschooled, but goes to Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, and spoke to Consolmagno before he made presentations to students.
Consolmagno is in town to view the total solar eclipse, Monday, and give a presentation at the church at 6 p.m. on Sunday. The students of the catholic school discussed the solar eclipse with Consolmagno, who kept their attention with his enthusiastic scientific advice for observing the eclipse.
Consolmagno said he had never before seen a total solar eclipse. His studies focus on the connections between meteorites, asteroids and the evolutions of small solar system bodies. He said his studies in 1975 about solar body evolution took two years and his theories ended up being wrong.
“But I was wrong in interesting ways,” he said to a group of students.
Consolmagno’s presentation on Sunday will take on the subject of faith and science. He is well-versed in the topic. From his home in Castel Gandolfo, Italy, he partakes in astronomical studies for the Vatican.
“Astronomy is one of those things that pulls you out of your daily life that shows your life is bigger than ‘what am I going to have for dinner tonight?’” Consolmagno said. “Which leads to religious impulses.”
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