Antonio Abetti

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Antonio Abetti
Born (1846-06-19)June 19, 1846
San Pietro di Gorizia
Died February 20, 1928(1928-02-20) (aged 81)
Nationality Italian
Alma mater University of Padua
Scientific career
Fields Astronomy
Institutions Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri

Antonio Abetti (June 19, 1846 – February 20, 1928) was an Italian astronomer.

Born in San Pietro di Gorizia (Šempeter-Vrtojba), he earned a degree in mathematics and engineering at the University of Padua. He was married to Giovanna Colbachini in 1879 and they had two sons.[1] He died in Arcetri.


Abetti mainly worked in positional astronomy and made many observations of minor planets, comets, and star occultations. In 1874 he was part of an expedition led by Pietro Tacchini to observe a transit of Venus with a spectroscope.[2] Later he became director of the Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri and a professor at the University of Florence. He refurbished the observatory at Arcetri by installing a new telescope.



  1. ^ "Antonio Abetti". Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 89: 325–327. February 1929. Bibcode:1929MNRAS..89R.325.. doi:10.1093/mnras/89.4.325a. 
  2. ^ a b "Abetti, Antonio", Christof A. Plicht, p. 6, in The Biographical Dictionary of Astronomers, eds. Thomas Hockey et al., Springer: New York, 2007, ISBN 978-0-387-31022-0, doi:10.1007/978-0-387-30400-7.

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