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On Oct. 13 at noon, Br. Guy Consolmagno, SJ, director of the Vatican Observatory, will deliver a virtual presentation titled "Discarded Worlds: Astronomical Ideas That Were Almost Correct."

Astronomy is more than just observing; it's making sense of those observations. A good theorist needs to blend a knowledge of what’s been observed, with a good imagination ... and no fear of being wrong. Ptolemy in ancient Rome, the medieval bishops Oresme and Cusa, the 19th-century astronomers Schiaparelli and Pickering, all rose to the challenge; and they were all almost correct. Which is to say, they were wrong ... sometimes hilariously, sometimes heartbreakingly so. What lessons can 21st-century astronomers take from these discarded images of the universe?

The lecture will be streamed at this link in Gorman Lecture Center, Room A.

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