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2014-10-09 12:22:00

Presentation on cosmic bloopers is free and open to the public WASHINGTON, Oct.

2013-03-22 23:04:01

Our ‘Blue Dot’ is adrift in a cosmic soup of powerful solar winds, magnetic fields, and cosmic rays; even the Vatican Observatory has studied the heavens for hundreds of years.

Image 1 - Astronauts Visit Papal Summer Residence
2011-09-19 08:25:33

His Holiness the Pope made a video call to the International Space Station in May, talking with all 12 astronauts on ISS including the Shuttle crew for 20 minutes. This morning, he welcomed the astronauts to his summer residence.

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2010-05-04 14:45:00

A Jesuit priest at Vatican City, who is also the chief astronomer, says that star-gazing helps bring him closer to God.

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2009-11-11 06:10:00

The Catholic Church has come a long way since locking up Galileo for questioning whether the universe revolves around the Earth.

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2008-05-15 09:50:00

The Vatican’s chief astronomer and a scientific adviser to Pope Benedict says he sees no problem with believing in God and the existence of extraterrestrial beings on other planets.

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2006-06-01 07:35:00

From his vantage point atop the highest peak in southern Arizona, Father Jose Funes is lining up the Vatican telescope for a night of observation, probing the processes that lead galaxies to form and stars to be born.

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2005-06-29 06:45:00

Everyone knows the Vatican is interested in Heaven but it may come as a surprise to some that it is also interested in the heavens. In a sleepy lakeside village away from the noise and haste of Rome, the Vatican is helping to train tomorrow's astronomers -- regardless of their religious beliefs.


Word of the Day
ecotone
  • A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.
The word 'ecotone' comes 'eco-' plus a Greek root meaning 'tension'.