Monday, June 22, 2009

Vatican Eye on the Heavens Moving

This month the Vatican Observatory, housed since 1939 at the papal summer palace in Castel Gondolfo. Its move there--after 300 years--was necessary because of increased "light pollution" in the city of Rome. The observatory will move to Albano, Italy. Its new home

will give the Jesuits who work there better living and working space, and better accommodate visitors to the Observatory. ...
The move is an undertaking that involves the 22,000-volume library, which includes a collection of ancient books, as well as works by Copernicus, Galileo, Newton, Kepler and others.
The Vatican Observatory has its own website full of information about its history as well as current events, research, instrumentation, publications and activities.
Wiki-image of a piazza near Albano's cathedral is in the public domain.

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