Vatican astronomer does not exclude the existence of life beyond Earth
Director of the Vatican Observatory priest José Funes said he would not rule out the existence of life beyond Earth. This is a scientist and member of the Order of the Jesuits said in an interview with Vatican Radio.
"Until today, we have found no evidence that extraterrestrial life exists," — RIA "Novosti" According to astronomers, who notes that "the universe of billions of galaxies, each with billions of stars", you can not knowingly exclude the existence of life.
According to astronomers, the search for other life is, and that people are looking for an opportunity to better understand themselves and to understand the source of their life.
Director of the Vatican Observatory, said that so far is known about 350 stars, around which the planets revolve. It is possible that some of them may be a planet, similar in natural conditions on Earth.
According to Jose Funes, the search for intelligent signals from other civilizations has not yet yielded results that are not excluded in the future.
The scientist said that astronomy, despite the fact that it is one of the oldest sciences, can not say with certainty what will happen to our world in 10-15 years.
Speaking about the relations between the Church and science, Funes said 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 astronomer at the Vatican Radio interview. "Science can meditate and find the laws of nature, which reflects the order of the Logos" — said astronomer.
The possibility of the presence of intelligent life beyond Earth is regularly discussed at seminars and conferences on astrobiology, which take place in Rome on the initiative of the Catholic Church.
Located in Castel Gandolfo observatory Specola Vaticana — one of the oldest in the world. Regular observations of astronomers Catholic Church dates back to the XVI century, when Pope Gregory XIII set up a committee to reform the calendar.
Specola Vaticana, which is now run by priests, the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), formerly housed in the Vatican, and in 1935 due to the anti observations night lights moved to Rome, Castel Gandolfo. Vatican astronomers also use a powerful telescope, installed in the state of Arizona (USA), which allows them to participate in international conferences at the highest level.
In the observatory at Castel Gandolfo has a fine collection of astronomical equipment of different ages, as well as samples of meteorites that fell to earth from space.