A lifelong fan since his MITSFS days, Brother Guy Consolmagno SJ is the Director of the Vatican Observatory (“the Pope’s astronomers”) where he studies comets, asteroids, and meteorites. He earned planetary science degrees from MIT and Arizona (PhD), taught at Harvard and MIT, and served in the US Peace Corps in Kenya before entering the Jesuits in 1989.
Brother Guy was the winner of the 2014 Carl Sagan Medal from the AAS Division for Planetary Sciences, a past chair of the AAS/DPS, and a member of the IAU Planetary Surfaces Nomenclature working group; asteroid 4597 Consolmagno is named in his honor. He’s written hundreds of scientific papers and half a dozen popular books, notably Turn Left at Orion (with Dan Davis). His most recent book (with Paul Mueller) is Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial?