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The Large Binocular Telescope observatory on Mt. Graham. (Credit: NASA)
The Large Binocular Telescope observatory on Mt. Graham. (Credit: NASA)

LUCIFER is helping Vatican astronomers look for extraterrestrials?

A new book claims that Vatican astronomers are looking for extraterrestrials. And they are using LUCIFER to do it. Although it shares the same name as Christianity’s fallen angel and the personification of evil, LUCIFER is an instrument attached to a telescope.

As Popular Science explains, LUCIFER is an acronym for the instruments lengthy title, “Large Binocular Telescope Near-infrared Utility with Camera and Integral Field Unit for Extragalactic Research.” This instrument is attached to the University of Arizona’s Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) located on Mt. Graham in south eastern Arizona. The Vatican-owned Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope (VATT) is right next door.

The VATT as seen from the balcony of the nearby LBT (Credit: Andromeda321/Wikimedia Commons)

The VATT as seen from the balcony of the nearby LBT (Credit: Andromeda321/Wikimedia Commons)

According to EcumenicalNews.com, authors of a new book assert that Vatican astronomers are using both the VATT and the LBT’s LUCIFER instrument to watch for an alien savior. Tom Horn and Chris Putnam, authors of Exo-Vaticana: Petrus Romanus, Project LUCIFER, and the Vatican’s astonishing plan for the arrival of an alien savior, visited with the Jesuit astronomers at the VATT, including Guy Consolmagno.

The authors claim that Consolmagno revealed to them documents showing that the Vatican believes “that we are soon to be visited by an alien savior from another world.”

Cover of the book Exo-Vaticana. (Credit: Defender)

Cover of the book Exo-Vaticana. (Credit: Defender)

The authors claim they will back up their assertions with documented sources when their book is released on April 15.

Guy Consolmagno speaks regularly about science and religion. In a 2010 interview, he told The Guardian, “Any entity – no matter how many tentacles it has – has a soul.” He made headlines because of this interview, in which he said he would offer to baptize an extraterrestrial being if one requested.

Consolmagno has also stated that the Pope and the Vatican are keen on science, and they are kept up-to-date on the latest scientific developments by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

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Jason McClellan is a UFO journalist and the producer/co-host of the web series Spacing Out! He is also the web content manager and staff writer for OpenMinds.tv, and a co-organizer and technical producer of the International UFO Congress. As a founding member of Open Minds, Jason served as a writer and editor for the now defunct Open Minds magazine. He has appeared on Syfy, NatGeo, and, most recently, he co-starred on H2's Hangar 1: The UFO Files. ------ Follow Jason on Twitter @acecentric and subscribe to Jason's updates on Facebook.


  1. avatar

    That acronym is a real stretch. That just tells me they really wanted to name the thing LUCIFER more than anything. LOL

    Also, are you sure the Vatican is looking for aliens? Just wondering, with a name like LUCIFER.

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    Br. Guy has denied that he ever said that the Vatican is looking for extra-terrestrial life.

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    Horn and Putnam ought to be ashamed. They are trying to profit off of unwarranted anti-Catholic paranoia. As J. D. Leavitt has already made clear (“Heretically Orthodox,” 2013), the Vatican has publicly addressed the issue of the possibility of extraterrestrials in recent years. Their statement on the matter remains that their existence would not be theologically threatening, that they might not necessarily have a fallen nature in need of salvation, and that any with a fallen nature would be able to find salvation in Jesus Christ.

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    LOL offers to baptise an Alien..

    I think they are a bit smarter than to fall into that Religion Trap that has kept us dumb for the last 5000 years.. We are just catching up to where we used to be..

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    LUCIFER was named by the russian company that designed and built it. Im sure the Vatican was not to pleased with the name,, and to my knowledge they do not call it that.

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    so i guess the world isn’t done being @@#$#!ed by the Vatican,, throughout history thieve use world beliefs to manipulate and distort the truth to control the mass,, if this wasn’t true,, then why do they keep all the information they have hidden and locked up , so the public cant know truth , only there interpretation and limited literature thieve compiled for us ,picking and choosing what to leave in and to leave out , since Jesus when they founded and united the catholic church , they took truth , scripture and manipulated it for political and economic gain , paving the way for the time when the world was at another turning point to mislead and f**k the world off again , so the telescope is named rite ,,,

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    the video is marked PRIVATE on youtube

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    The Vatican eats dinner with demons so this is no surprise. The AntiChrist will rise from the Catholic church and his puppets are just paving the way. Blind Bats!

  9. avatar

    De-bunked to some degree. Yes, the Vatican is looking for ET as they have for thousands of years. However, the LUCIFER telescope was as stretch. A far stretch. Internet at its finest.


  10. avatar

    I Guess the Vatican are not Christians. Jesus Christ is the savior!!!!!!!!. So Catholics are looking for another savior Wow

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    they are looking for the one.. the anti christ.. the one that will bring destruction upon earth.. heck they are not searching.. they are preparing for his return.. jesus not the son of God but his prophet.. will bring us human together under one banner.. wait and see.. the banner of one true God..

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    The Vatican did not name a telescope Lucifer. The Vatican Observatory shares space (no pun intended) with other organizations and groups. The Vatican Observatory does not own each piece of equipment nor can it give official names or nicknames to things it does not own. Another group installed a telescope it nicknamed Lucifer.

    Its a telescope built by the Max Planck Institute for extraterrestrial physics and according to their website it stands for LBT Near Infrared Spectroscopic Utility with Camera and Integral Field Unit for Extragalactic Research. It is noted on the website that its official abbreviation has been changed to LUCI.

    As the Vatican Observatory Official Website explains:
    One of the stake holders in the MGIO is a group of European institutes who built an infrared camera and spectroscope, and named it “Lucifer”. So what happened? First, somebody reported that an instrument called “Lucifer” was installed on Mt Graham. Then somebody remarked that Mt Graham also hosts the Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope, and that it is somewhat amusing that Mt Graham has both Vatican and Lucifer. Then the information somehow degraded and the slur was born: Vatican astronomers are supposedly friends with Lucifer…
    It was not built or named by the Vatican Observatory.

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    The secretive group within the Jesuits, who are satanists, control this telescope and they also control the current Pope. The current Pope is the first Jesuit (the not too distant future “little Beast” of Revelation). They are looking for the coming “alien invasion” which the satanists will use to turn people away from Christ. They will pretend that “these are our Gods,” i.e. that they planted us here eons ago and now they’ve come back for us. The problem with that is, while there probably is alien life on other planets, this little corner of the universe is a LONG way from anywhere, and besides, the “aliens” showing up will be demonic-alien hybrids. Its been done before in Genesis when the fallen watchers the Nephilim, took human women to be their wives and they procreated somehow (probably DNA lab work but who knows) and the children they had were physical giants. God was taken about so he told Enoch to tell the fallen watchers and their children that they would be banned from Heaven for eternity. The spirits of the children became the demons who’s souls inhabit the earth.

    Should be interesting. Turn to Jesus Christ and put away all false gods, including that Mercedes in your garage.

  14. avatar

    Joe Reed, nice try. Could it be, hmmm, s-a-t-a-n??? Hmmmm?

  15. avatar

    Malachy, you are a psycho

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    There is plenty of info to back Malachy’s statements. Calling him a psycho without a reason is a weak response and is also just being mean. Evil can be found anywhere…including in religions.

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