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Asteroids, Stars, and the Love of God

Guy Consolmagno + George Coyne

Asteroids, Stars, and the Love of God

More than 30 objects on the moon are named after the Jesuits who mapped it. A Jesuit was one of the founders of modern astrophysics. And four Jesuits in history, including Ignatius of Loyola, have had asteroids named after them – Brother Guy Consolmagno and Father George Coyne being the two living men with this distinction. In a conversation filled with friendship and laughter, and in honor of the visit of Pope Francis to the U.S., we experience the spacious way they think about science, the universe, and the love of God.
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  • Guy Consolmagno

    Guy Consolmagno

    is director of the Vatican Observatory, appointed in this post in September, 2015 by Pope Francis. Previously he was curator of meteorites. His books include Brother Astronomer: Adventures of a Vatican Scientist and Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial?: and Other Questions from the Astronomers' In-box at the Vatican Observatory.

  • George Coyne

    George Coyne

    is the former director of the Vatican Observatory. His books include Wayfarers in the Cosmos: The Human Quest for Meaning.