Turn Left at Orion has become one
of the most popular guides to using a small telescope ever
published... but the adventures of getting it written and published
were almost as much fun as all the observing we did for the book! Hear
stories of the steps, and missteps, that have gone into various
editions of their book... what we learned about astronomy, and
observing... and watch out for those pesky wabbits!
Brother Guy Consolmagno SJ was born in
Detroit, Michigan. He earned undergraduate and masters' degrees from
MIT, and a Ph. D. in Planetary Science from the University of Arizona,
was a researcher at Harvard and MIT, served in the US Peace Corps
(Kenya), and taught university physics at Lafayette College,
Pennsylvania, before entering the Jesuits in 1989. At the Vatican
Observatory since 1993, his research explores connections between
meteorites, asteroids, and the evolution of small solar system bodies.
He has served on the governing board of a number of international
scientific organizations, including the International Astronomical
Union, the Meteoritical Society and the Division for Planetary
Sciences of the American Astronomical Society.
Br. Consolmagno has served on the
governing boards of the Meteoritical Society; the International
Astronomical Union's (IAU) Division III, Planetary Systems Science
(secretary, 2000 - present) and Commission 16, Moons and Planets
(president, 2003-2006); and the American Astronomical Society Division
for Planetary Sciences (chair, 2006-2007).
Br. Consolmagno is curator of the Vatican meteorite collection in
Castel Gandolfo, one of the largest in the world. His research
explores the connections between meteorites and asteroids, and the
origin and evolution of small bodies in the solar system. In 2000 he was honored by the IAU for
his contributions to the study of meteorites and asteroids with the
naming of asteroid 4597 Consolmagno.
He has coauthored five astronomy books: “Turn Left at Orion” (with Dan
M. Davis; Cambridge University Press, 1989); “Worlds Apart” (with
Martha W. Schaefer; Prentice Hall, 1993); “The Way to the Dwelling of
Light” (U of Notre Dame Press, 1998); “Brother Astronomer” (McGraw
Hill, 2000); and “God's Mechanics” (Jossey-Bass, 2007). He also edited
“The Heavens Proclaim” (Vatican Observatory Publications, 2009).