Saturday, November 24, 2012

Vatican astronomer believes in life beyond Earth

Vatican priest-astronomer believes in the survival of extraterrestrial galaxy. The possibility of intelligent life beyond Earth is regularly discuss at a conference held at the initiative of the Catholic Church. Director of the Vatican Observatory, the Jesuit priest Jose Funes does not exclude the existence of life beyond Earth. "Up to now we have not found any evidence that there is extraterrestrial life" - said the astronomer.

However, he added that "the universe of billions of galaxies, each with billions of stars," and therefore cannot knowingly exclude the existence of life. According to astronomers, the search for other life is, and in this search people gets the opportunity to better understand themselves and to understand the source of their lives, according to RIA Novato. Moreover, he said that so far known about the 350 stars around which a planet: "It is possible that some of them have a planet similar to the natural conditions of the earth." The priest noted that the search for intelligent signals from other civilizations has failed, "however, may bring in the future." 

Scientists said that astronomy, despite the fact that it is one of the oldest sciences, cannot say with certainty that there will be with our world in a few decades. Speaking about the relations between the Church and science, Funes says that in the tradition of the Catholic Church has always been a lot of interest by science. "The universe is not the result of chaos, in its very nature, there is a logic that allows us to study, to discover laws of physics and to understand them," - said the priest-astronomer. The possibility of intelligent life beyond Earth is regularly discussed at seminars and conferences on astrobiology, which takes place in Rome on the initiative of the Catholic Church. Locate in Castel Gandolfo observatory "Specola Vaticana" - one of the oldest in the world. Regular observations of the astronomers of the Catholic Church back to the XVI century, when Pope Gregory XIII set up a special committee for the reform of the calendar.

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