Solar eclipse will offer learning experience for students at St. Michael’s School in Ridge from their pastor who studied astronomy

On Monday, April 8, people in parts of the United States, Mexico, and Canada will have a chance to see a total solar eclipse, when the moon will completely cover the sun for a few minutes. Father Peter Giovanoni – the pastor at St. Michael Catholic Church and School in Ridge, Maryland who earned degrees in astronomy before becoming a priest – shared his plans for the day and the significance of the celestial alignment.

Before entering the seminary, Father Giovanoni studied astronomy and physics at the University of Maryland in College Park, where he later received his master’s degree and Ph.D. in astronomy. He taught at the university for a year before beginning his seminary studies and later being ordained as a priest of The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington.

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