The Vatican Observatory, Castel Gandolfo: 80th Anniversary Celebration

  • Gabriele Gionti, S. J.
  • Jean-Baptiste Kikwaya Eluo, S.J.

Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Proceedings book series (ASSSP, volume 51)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Planetary Science

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Jean-Baptiste Kikwaya Eluo
      Pages 27-40
  3. Stellar Evolution and Stars

  4. Galaxies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 109-109
    2. Richard D’Souza
      Pages 123-131
  5. Cosmology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 133-133
    2. Gabriele Gionti
      Pages 135-147
    3. Tomasz Miller, Michael Heller
      Pages 149-163
  6. History of Astronomy, Education and Outreach

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 175-175
    2. Aldo Altamore, Francesco Poppi, Tommaso Bosco
      Pages 185-196
    3. José G. Funes
      Pages 197-202
  7. Science-Philosophy-Theology

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 263-265

About this book


This book presents contributions from an internal symposium organized to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Specola Vaticana, or Vatican Observatory, in the Papal Palace of Castel Gandolfo. The aim is to provide an overview of the scientific and cultural work being undertaken at the Observatory today and to describe the outcomes of important recent investigations. The contents cover interesting topics in a variety of areas, including planetary science and instrumentation, stellar evolution and stars, galaxies, cosmology, quantum gravity, the history of astronomy, and interactions between science, philosophy, and theology.

On September 29, 1935, Pope Pius XI officially inaugurated the new headquarters of the Specola Vaticana at Castel Gandolfo. With new telescopes, a new astrophysical laboratory for spectrochemical analysis, and a young staff comprising Jesuit scientists, this inauguration marked the beginning of an intense period of scientific achievements at the Observatory. This anniversary book, featuring contributions from members of the current Observatory staff and adjunct scholars, will appeal to all with an interest in the history of the Specola Vaticana and its significance for astronomy.


Conference Proceedings Vatican Observatory History of the Vatican Observatory Planetary science and instrumentation Stellar Evolution at the Specola Vaticana Galaxy cluster survey Vilnius Photometry System at the Vatican Observatory Lambda Boötis stars Exoplanet detection Meteorites at the Vatican Observatory Science Philosophy Theology at the Vatican Observatory Castel Gandolfo history of astronomy

Editors and affiliations

  • Gabriele Gionti, S. J.
    • 1
  • Jean-Baptiste Kikwaya Eluo, S.J.
    • 2
  1. 1.Vatican Observatory RomeHoly See (Vatican City State)
  2. 2.Vatican Observatory RomeHoly See (Vatican City State)

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