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The Vatican Observatory, located in Tucson, AZ, is the Pope's esteemed institution for astronomical research and public outreach. Established in 1582, it is one of the oldest observatories in the world. Headquartered at the papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, the Vatican Observatory supports a team of priests, brothers, and adjunct scholars from various scientific disciplines who utilize modern scientific methods to study the universe.


Collaborating with scientists from major astronomical institutions worldwide, they are at the forefront of scientific research, exploring topics ranging from interplanetary dust to the structure of the universe. The Vatican Observatory also operates the Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope (VATT), a state-of-the-art research complex in collaboration with the University of Arizona. Additionally, they promote education and public engagement in astronomy and facilitate constructive dialogue between faith and science.


Through their remote telescope access, they offer expanded educational outreach programs for students and the general public. The Vatican Observatory's scientists play a crucial role in bridging the gap between science and religious faith

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