Join us February 5th for our the next Full Moon-th Meetup where we’ll chat with Ileana Chinnici – an Adjunct Scholar for the Vatican Observatory, and author of the book Decoding the Stars: A Biography of Angelo Secchi, Jesuit and Scientist, for which she was awarded the 2021 Donald E. Osterbrock Book Prize for Historical Astronomy.
We’ll also have the latest news of the Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope*.
This meetup is a perk for our Sacred Space Astronomy subscribers: on Sunday February 5th, we’ll be holding our regularly scheduled on-line meetup where you get to chat with each other, and astronomers and scientists from the Vatican Observatory!
Chinnici earned a degree in physics in 1992 from the University of Palermo with a dissertation concerning Italian astronomer Pietro Tacchini, supervised by Giorgia Foderà. After working as a secondary school teacher, and a visiting position at the Paris Observatory, she joined the Palermo Astronomical Observatory as a research fellow in 1995, and became curator of the observatory’s museum of astronomy in 1996. Since 2004 she has been a research astronomer at the observatory, in charge of museum activities. She has also been an adjunct astronomer with the Vatican Observatory since approximately 2009.
Vatican Observatory video about Fr. Angelo Secchi, S.J.
When? Sunday, February 5th: Rain or shine
What time? These meetups will happen around lunch time in North America: in particular, 12:00 PM Eastern Standard Time, which is 10:00 am Tucson time.
How do you access the Zoom link? Join Sacred Space Astronomy and you’ll get an email with the full link! If you are already a member, log in to the Vatican Observatory site, and you will see the Zoom info at the bottom of this post.
*The Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope consists of the Alice P. Lennon Telescope, and the Thomas J. Bannan Astrophysics Facility.