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Annibale de Gasparis

Annibale de Gasparis

Annibale de Gasparis (November 9, 1819, Bugnara[1] –March 21, 1892, Naples; Italian pronunciation: ) was an Italian astronomer. From 1864 to 1889 he was the director of the Astronomical Observatory of Capodimonte in Naples. His name was occasionally written Annibal de Gasparis, including by himself.[2]

He won the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society in 1851. Awarded the Lalande Prize in 1851 and 1852.

The asteroid 4279 De Gasparis as well as the lunar crater de Gasparis (30 km in diameter) and the Rimae de Gasparis (a 93 km long fracture near the crater) are named in his honour.

Asteroids discovered: 9
10 Hygiea April 12, 1849
11 Parthenope May 11, 1850
13 Egeria November 2, 1850
15 Eunomia July 29, 1851
16 Psyche March 17, 1852
20 Massalia September 19, 1852
24 Themis April 5, 1853
63 Ausonia February 10, 1861
83 Beatrix April 26, 1865


  1. ^ Hockey, Thomas (2009). The Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers.  
  2. ^ Letter from de Gasparis to Benjamin Valz announcing the discovery of 10 Hygiea in 1849
  • Various, (2009). The Observatory - A Monthly Review of Astronomy 1892. pp. 231–232.  
  • Longo, Giuseppe. "Annibale de Gasparis" (PDF). 
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