Brother Guy Consolmagno is the curator of meteorites at the Vatican Observatory at Castel Gandolfo. He has an extensive academic background and has written more than 100 scientific publications alongside numerous books.
Brother Guy Consolmagno, SJ, PhD, is an astronomer at the Vatican Observatory, where he curates the meteorite collection. With undergraduate and masters’ degrees from MIT, and a PhD in Planetary Science from the University of Arizona, he was a researcher at Harvard and MIT, served in the US Peace Corps (Kenya), and taught university physics before entering the Jesuits. His scientific research explores connections between meteorites, asteroids, and the evolution of small solar system bodies. He also surveys the broad band colors and light curves of Kuiper Belt objects with collaborators at the Vatican’s 1.8 meter Advanced Technology Telescope in Arizona. In addition to many scholarly publications, he has also authored several popular books including Turn Left at Orion: Hundreds of Night Objects to See in a Home Telescope (with Dan Davis), Brother Astronomer, and God’s Mechanics. Dr. Consolmagno serves on the governing boards of numerous international scientific organizations, including the International Astronomical Union, the Meteoritical Society and the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society.