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Scientists, Philanthropists, and the Catholic Church Promoting Scientific Research of the Heavens Through the Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope.
Scientists, Philanthropists, and the Catholic Church Promoting Scientific Research of the Heavens Through the Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope.

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In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. All things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be. What came to be 
through him was life,
and this life was the light of the human race; 
the light shines…

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The Geminids is a major meteor shower with good activity prior to midnight; the constellation of Gemini is well placed for viewing from 10:00 PM till dawn. Geminid meteors can be bright and intensely colored, but due to their medium-slow velocity rarely…

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The waning crescent Moon joins Mars and Jupiter in the southeastern predawn sky for the next several days. The constellations Orion, Taurus and the Pleiades star cluster rise in the East with the dusk and are visible all night. Orion, Taurus and the…

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Wishing All a Blessed Christmas and Many Thanks for your Support.

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What is the perspective you take on life? As a priest who also loves art, I am often taken by the elegant simplicity of impressionism. When standing close to masterpieces by Monet, Sisley, Cassatt, Guillaumin, and Degas, the brush strokes can be so gentle…

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Close to 50 years ago we humans graduated to what astronomers call a “civilization,” or a lifeform that can send and receive messages over interstellar distances and that has the ability to travel in space. That is great. At the same time, traveling to…

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Our friend David Levy was the guest speaker at the annual Vatican Observatory Foundation annual public astronomy seminar, held last October in Ann Arbor. He writes a monthly astronomy column, Skyward, and has graciously given us permission to run it here…

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In October, Fr. James Kurzynski did a post entitled Sacred Art: Enjoying The Splendor Of Creation Through The Eyes Of Hubble, featuring several really nice images from the Hubble Space Telescope.  Bob Prokop added this comment to Fr. James’s post:…

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Space Week 2017 and Science Week 2017 merged in a flurry of drawing workshops. Hundreds of children took part in  Spectacular Cassini at Saturn. The workshop was of course inspired by the sublime images taken by the spacecraft as well as telling the story…

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This column first ran in The Tablet in December 2011 Earlier this month [in 2011], I sent an email to a colleague asking for some data she’d promised me, and I got a rather apologetic reply: “Sorry, I am away from my computer; we’re in Stockholm this…
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