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Francesco Manca
Italian astronomer

Francesco Manca

Francesco Manca
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Intro Italian astronomer
Is Astronomer
From Italy
Field Science
Gender male
Birth 1 January 1966, Milan, Province of Milan, Lombardy, Italy
Age 56 years
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Francesco Manca (born November 1966, in Milan, Italy) is an Italian amateur astronomer and discoverer of minor planets at the Sormano Astronomical Observatory in northern Italy.

Manca also performs follow-up astrometry of near-Earth objects (NEOs). He acquired research and observational experience on the NEOs at professional observatories in Arizona, United States. Non-observational work focuses on computations of orbit and close approaches of asteroids with the Earth (linked at Near Earth Object Program at Jet Propulsion Laboratory) and orbit and identifications of asteroids and comets.

He wrote many articles on specialistic magazines. Member of SIMCA (Italian: Società Italiana Meccanica Celeste e Astrodinamica). His professional activity concerns the application of measuring systems encoders installed on telescopes and Radio telescopes such as the VLT, LBT, E-ELT (European-Extremely Large Telescope), ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter Array), DAG (Turkish for Eastern Anatolia Observatory) and ASTRI (Astrophysics with mirrors at Italian Replicant Technology) or on space instruments as Solar Monitoring Observatory.

The Koronian asteroid 15460 Manca, discovered by Andrea Boattini and Luciano Tesi at San Marcello Pistoiese Observatory in 1998, is named in his honour.

List of discovered minor planets

9111 Matarazzo 28 January 1997 list
9115 Battisti 27 February 1997 list
(9796) 1996 HW 19 April 1996 list
10387 Bepicolombo 18 October 1996 list
10605 Guidoni 3 November 1996 list
10606 Crocco 3 November 1996 list
11652 Johnbrownlee 7 February 1997 list
12405 Nespoli 15 September 1995 list
18542 Broglio 29 December 1996 list
18556 Battiato 7 February 1997 list
19318 Somanah 2 December 1996 list
21289 Giacomel 3 November 1996 list
26197 Bormio 31 March 1997 list
27855 Giorgilli 4 January 1995 list
32944 Gussalli 19 November 1995 list
35334 Yarkovsky 31 March 1997 list
37022 Robertovittori 22 October 2000 list
39734 Marchiori 14 December 1996 list
43956 Elidoro 7 February 1997 list
43957 Invernizzi 7 February 1997 list
48643 Allen-Beach 20 October 1995 list
59087 Maccacaro 15 November 1998 list
69961 Millosevich 15 November 1998 list
(79847) 1998 XY2 7 December 1998 list
(96583) 1998 VG34 15 November 1998 list
(100641) 1997 VO4 3 November 1997 list
Co-discovery made with:
A P. Sicoli
B P. Chiavenna
C V. Giuliani
D A. Testa
E M. Cavagna
F G. Ventre


  • "Asteroid and Planet Close Encounters", Minor Planet Bulletin, ( 1999 F. Manca, P. Sicoli )
  • "Monitoring Hazardous Objects", Proceedings of the Third Italian Meeting of Planetary Science, ( 2000 F. Manca, P. Sicoli )
  • "Planetary Close Encounters", Proceedings of the Fourth Italian Meeting of Planetary Science, ( 2002 F. Manca, P. Sicoli )
  • "Minor planet recovery: analysis and verification of data obtained by OrbFit and Edipo software", Proceedings of the Fifth Italian Meeting of Planetary Science, ( 2003 F. Manca, A. Testa, M. Carpino)
  • "Identification of asteroids and comets: methods and results", Proceedings of the X National Conference on Planetary Science. (2011 F. Manca, P. Sicoli, and A. Testa)
  • "Identification of asteroids and comets: update on methods and results". Proceedings of the XI National Conference on Planetary Science. (2013 F. Manca, A. Testa)
  • "Close encounters among asteroids, comets, Earth-Moon system and inner planets: the cases of (99942) Apophis and Comet C/2013 A1 ". Proceedings of the XII Italian national workshop of planetary sciences. (2015 F. Manca, P. Sicoli, A. Testa)


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