external events : A Universe Awash
“O God, scatterer of ignorance and darkness, grant me your strength. May all beings regards me with the eye of a friend, and I all beings! With the eye of a friend may each single being regard all others.” ~Sukla Yajur, Veda XXXVI
Thursday, September 6, 2012 / 7:00p.m.
Dominican University Priory Campus
7200 Division Street
River Forest, IL
This lecture by Br. Guy Consolmagno, SJ, PhD kicks off a series of lectures about the science, theology and philosophy of water, including a range of distinguished scholars.
Formed from the two most abundant reactive elements, hydrogen and oxygen, water is one of the most common substances in space. Its chemical and physical nature is unique, and it has profound effects on life and the structure of objects in space. The formation of ice around a star sets the boundaries for the formation of giant gas planets whose orbits, in turn, control the evolution of the rest of the solar system. Water is the principle way in which free oxygen is delivered to the atmosphere of terrestrial planets. And worlds of water may be the most common place to find life outside the Earth. Examining the possible structure and history of the icy moons of Jupiter and Saturn, we can begin to reflect on our own incomplete understanding of who we are, where we came from... and how we know.
Br. Guy Consolmagno, SJ, PhD, is an astronomer, researcher, and spokesman for the Vatican Observatory. He will explore the presence and role of water in the universe.
For more information contact the Sienna Center (708) 714-9105 email@example.com. Admission is free to these lectures.