"Beneath the Same Sky: A Vatican Astronomer and a Civil War General Speak to Louisville About the Heavens" will be held at the Main Library, Wednesday, December 9, at 7 p.m. The event is free, but tickets are required; visit LFPL.org or call (502) 574-1644 to order.
What do a Civil War general and a Vatican astronomer have in common? If they are astronomers Major General Ormsby Mitchel and Vatican Observatory Director Guy Consolmagno, then it is their uncanny ability to communicate the science of astronomy to the general public. And thanks to Sigma Xi: The Scientific Research Society and to Jefferson Community & Technical College, these two leading astronomers – one from the 19th century and the other from the 21st century – will share the stage at the Main Library for Beneath the Same Sky: A Vatican Astronomer and a Civil War General Speak to Louisville About the Heavens.
Kentucky-born astronomer Ormsby Mitchel (as portrayed by Frazier History Museum Teaching Artist, Tony Dingman) was founder of the Cincinnati Observatory. He died in the Civil War holding the rank of general, but thanks to The Frazier, he will join us at the Main Library to speak about his work.
Accompanying General Mitchel on stage will be American astronomer Guy Consolmagno. Brother Consolmagno is the current Director of the Vatican Observatory and winner of the 2014 Carl Sagan Medal for Excellence in Public Communication in Planetary Science. He has appeared on NPR’s Here and Now and The Colbert Report.