Denis Denisenko

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Denis Denisenko
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Born(1971-01-16)January 16, 1971
Moscow, USSR
CitizenshipRussian Federation
Alma materMoscow Institute of Physics and Technology
Known forDiscovery of supernovae, cataclysmic variables, gamma-ray bursts studies, asteroidal occultations
Scientific career
FieldsAstronomy, Astrophysics
InstitutionsSternberg Astronomical Institute
PatronsVladimir Lipunov

Denis Denisenko (born 16 January 1971) is a Russian astronomer of the late 20th – early 21st century, discoverer of 7 supernovae, more than 50 variable stars, an asteroid, and a comet.


Born in 1971 in Moscow, Denisenko graduated from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT or Phystech) in 1993 with a Master of Science in Astrophysics and a Diploma: Spectral Properties of Gamma-Ray Bursts Observed by PHEBUS Instrument of the Granat observatory. In 1991, he joined the High Energy Astrophysics Department of the Russian Space Research Institute (IKI) where he worked until April 2012. He was a visiting observer at the TUBITAK National Observatory (TUG) between 2002 and 2007. Since May 2012 he works at the Space Monitoring Laboratory of Sternberg Astronomical Institute of Moscow State University (SAI MSU). He is the author of more than 30 scientific articles, 250 astronomical telegrams and the presenter of talks at several international conferences.

He has been an amateur astronomer since 1977, a member of the Moscow Astronomy Club since 2002 and the head of a working group on asteroidal occultations. He participated in Astrofests 2001–2006 and was a speaker at Astrofest 2005, 2006 and 2013. He is an active enthusiast of professional-amateur collaboration in astronomy and long-time contributor to IOTAoccultations, Planoccult, meteorobs, comets-ml, MPML, SeeSat, AAVSO-HEN, AAVSO-DIS, vsnet-alert, vsnet-outburst, cvnet-discussion mailing lists. He is the owner and moderator of five Russian astronomy mailing lists (komety, pokrytie, rusmeteors, moscow-astro, varstars) and author of a few popular articles in Zemlya i Vselennaya (Earth and Universe) magazine. He was mentioned in Sky and Telescope twice and gave interviews on Russian News Service, Radio Liberty, newspaper, and the BBC Russian Service in 2007.

Major discoveries[edit]

Other achievements[edit]

  • Variable stars discoveries[10]
  • Prediction of the first stellar occultation by the Transneptunian Object (2004)[11]
  • Discovery of Minor Planet 2005 UN1
  • Occultation of 2UCAC 31525121 by (130) Elektra – the first successful observation of an asteroidal occultation from Turkey (2007)[12]
  • Correctly identified what was thought to be asteroid 2007 VN84 as the Rosetta probe[13][14]
  • Listed at Marquis Who's Who in Science and Engineering 10th Anniversary Edition 2008–2009
  • Occultation of TYC 5161-00925-1 by (2) Pallas (2011) – the first successful observation of a kind from Moscow[15]


  1. ^ vsnet-alert 9557: Possible NSV 1485 outburst
  2. ^ V713 Cep Eclipses and Period Measurement
  3. ^ CBET 2909
  4. ^ CBET 2932
  5. ^ Astronomer's Telegram #4208
  6. ^ Astronomer's Telegram #4441
  7. ^ List of Recent Supernovae
  8. ^ MPEC 2014-U121
  9. ^ MPEC 2015-K70
  10. ^ Variable Stars discovered by DDE Archived 15 January 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Denissenko, Denis (28 February 2004). "Occultations of HIP and UCAC2 stars downto 15m by large TNO in 2004-2014". Astronomy Letters. 30 (9): 630–633. arXiv:astro-ph/0403002. Bibcode:2004AstL...30..630D. doi:10.1134/1.1795951.
  12. ^ 2007 European Asteroidal Occultation Results
  13. ^ MPEC 2007-V70
  14. ^ "'Deadly asteroid' is a spaceprobe". Skymania. 10 November 2007. Retrieved 1 September 2010.
  15. ^ Our astronomers report (in Russian) Archived 16 April 2013 at

Literary works (in Russian)[edit]

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