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Andrea Boattini
Italian astronomer

Andrea Boattini

Andrea Boattini
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Intro Italian astronomer
Is Astronomer
From Italy
Field Science
Gender male
Birth 16 September 1969, Florence
Age 52 years
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Andrea Boattini (born 16 September 1969) is an Italian astronomer and a prolific discoverer of minor planets and comets.
After developing a growing interest in minor planets, he graduated in 1996 from the University of Bologna with a thesis on near-Earth objects (NEOs). He is involved in various projects related to NEO follow-up and search programs, with special interest in the NEO class known as Atens.
He currently works at the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona after many years spent at the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR, National Research Council) and the Astronomical Observatory in Rome. He worked for the Catalina Sky Survey project from 2007–14, in Tucson, Arizona (USA). Meanwhile, he also discovered the comets C/2007 W1 (Boattini), C/2008 J1 (Boattini), P/2008 O3 (Boattini), C/2008 S3 (Boattini), P/2008 T1 (Boattini), P/2008 Y1 (Boattini), P/2009 B1 (Boattini), C/2009 P2 (Boattini), P/2009 Q4 (Boattini), C/2009 W2 (Boattini), C/2010 F1 (Boattini), C/2010 G1 (Boattini) and accidentally recovered 206P/Barnard-Boattini during his work from Mount Lemmon Survey (also see lost comet).
Asteroid 8925 Boattini is named in his honour. Naming citation was published on 2 February 1999 (M.P.C. 33793).

List of discovered minor planets

Andrea Boattini is credited by the Minor Planet Center (MPC) with the discovery of 296 minor planets made between 1977 (see following comment) and 2006.

He named the asteroids 12848 Agostino and 14973 Rossirosina, in honor of his father Agostino (b. 1932) and his mother, Rosina Rossi Boattini (b. 1934).

The minor planet (48381) 1977 SU3, discovered at the Siding Spring Observatory on 17 September 1977, is credited by the MPC to Andrea Boattini and his older co-discoverer Giuseppe Forti (b. 1939). However Boattini did not co-discover this asteroid on the day after his 8th birthday in 1977, but rather recovered the body from the original observations, referenced as MPS 18832, which were published by the MPC on 13 October 2000.

As this list contains numbered minor planets only, the unnumbered Mars-crosser and near-Earth asteroid 2007 WD5, discovered by Boattini in 2007, is not included.

List of discovered comets

Andrea Boattini has also discovered or re-discovered 25 comets (see table).

Designation Discovery date Source Note
C/2007 W1 Boattini 20 November 2007 MPEC 2007-W63
C/2008 J1 Boattini 2 May 2008 MPEC 2008-J17
P/2008 O3 Boattini 29 July 2008 MPEC 2008-P05 Boattini 1
C/2008 S3 Boattini 29 September 2008 MPEC 2008-S96
P/2008 T1 Boattini 1 October 2008 MPEC 2008-T30 Boattini 2
206P/Barnard–Boattini 7 October 2008 MPEC 2008-T89 originally discovered by Edward Barnard in 1892
P/2008 Y1 Boattini 22 December 2008 MPEC 2008-Y53 Boattini 3
P/2009 B1 Boattini 21 January 2009 MPEC 2009-B46 Boattini 4
C/2009 P2 Boattini 15 August 2009 MPEC 2009-Q14
P/2009 Q4 Boattini 26 August 2009 MPEC 2009-Q84 Boattini 5
C/2009 W2 Boattini 21 November 2009 MPEC 2009-W103
C/2010 F1 Boattini 17 March 2010 MPEC 2010-F32
C/2010 G1 Boattini 5 April 2010 MPEC 2010-G27
C/2010 J1 Boattini 6 May 2010 MPEC 2010-J32
P/2010 U1 Boattini 17 October 2010 MPEC 2010-U18 Boattini 6
C/2010 U3 Boattini 31 October 2010 MPEC 2010-V55
P/2011 JB 15 Spacewatch-Boattini 28 May 2011 MPEC 2011-K56
C/2011 L6 Boattini 28 May 2011 MPEC 2011-K56
P/2011 V1 Boattini 22 October 2011 MPEC 2011-V13 Boattini 7
P/2011 Y2 Boattini 24 December 2011 MPEC 2011-Y49 Boattini 8
C/2011 Y3 Boattini 25 December 2011 MPEC 2011-Y50 Boattini 9
C/2013 F1 Boattini 23 March 2013 MPEC 2013-F46
C/2013 H2 Boattini 22 April 2013 MPEC 2013-H45
C/2013 J5 Boattini 13 May 2013 MPEC 2013-K25
C/2013 V1 Boattini 4 November 2013 MPEC 2013-V32

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