Caterina Scarpellini

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Caterina Scarpellini

Caterina Scarpellini (born October 29, 1808 in Foligno ; † November 28, 1873 there ) was an Italian astronomer and meteorologist .


Scarpellini was born in Foligno in 1808 and moved to Rome at the age of 18 , where she became the assistant to her uncle, the astronomer Feliciano Scarpellini , who had been director of the Astronomical Observatory of the Sapienza University of Rome at Campidoglio since 1816 . There she met Erasmo Fabri, another assistant to her uncle, and married him. After the uncle's death, they both continued to work at the observatory under the direction of Ignazio Calandrelli .

In 1856 she set up a meteorological weather station at the observatory on the Capitol , which was later named after her. Two years earlier, she was on the observation team for the Great Comet of 1854 .

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Web links

Commons : Caterina Scarpellini  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Feliciano Scarpellini
  2. Valeria Palumbo: L'epopea delle lunatiche , page 129, limited preview in the Google book search
  3. ^ Gabriella Berti Logan: Caterina Scarpellini: Astronomy and Meteorology in Risorgimento Rome . Retrieved November 13, 2018.
  4. Scarpellini Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature (