Piero Sicoli

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Minor planets discovered: 43 [1]
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Piero Sicoli (b. 1954) is an Italian astronomer and discoverer of minor planets, observing at the Italian Sormano Astronomical Observatory.[2] As the observatory's coordinator, he is responsible for close encounters computation of near-Earth objects (NEOs),[3] orbit computations, and identification of asteroids (about one thousand, included 17 NEOs). The Observatory's focus is the examination and tracking of NEOs in Solar System.[4]

The Nysa asteroid 7866 Sicoli, discovered by Edward Bowell at Anderson Mesa Station in 1982, is named in his honor.[2]

List of discovered minor planets[edit]

6882 Sormano 5 February 1995 list[A]
8106 Carpino 23 December 1994 list[B]
8208 Volta 28 February 1995 list[C]
8209 Toscanelli 28 February 1995 list[C]
8935 Beccaria 11 January 1997 list[B]
9111 Matarazzo 28 January 1997 list[D]
9115 Battisti 27 February 1997 list[D]
10387 Bepicolombo 18 October 1996 list[D]
11145 Emanuelli 29 August 1997 list[E]
11652 Johnbrownlee 7 February 1997 list[D]
11970 Palitzsch 4 October 1994 list[C]
12410 Donald Duck 26 September 1995 list[C]
(13158) 1995 UE 17 October 1995 list[C]
14024 Procol Harum 9 September 1994 list[C]
14103 Manzoni 1 October 1997 list[F]
15379 Alefranz 29 August 1997 list[E]
(16749) 1996 QE 16 August 1996 list[A]
(17614) 1995 UT7 27 October 1995 list[E]
18556 Battiato 7 February 1997 list[D]
19398 Creedence 2 March 1998 list[C]
(22500) 1997 OJ 26 July 1997 list[F]
26197 Bormio 31 March 1997 list[D]
(31244) 1998 DG11 19 February 1998 list[F]
32931 Ferioli 26 September 1995 list[C]
32944 Gussalli 19 November 1995 list[D]
(33049) 1997 UF5 25 October 1997 list[F]
35316 Monella 11 January 1997 list[B]
35334 Yarkovsky 31 March 1997 list[D]
39653 Carnera 17 October 1995 list[C]
43956 Elidoro 7 February 1997 list[D]
43957 Invernizzi 7 February 1997 list[D]
43993 Mariola 26 July 1997 list[F]
(46691) 1997 BK3 30 January 1997 list[A]
48640 Eziobosso 17 October 1995 list[C]
48643 Allen-Beach 20 October 1995 list[D]
55810 Fabiofazio 4 October 1994 list[C]
59087 Maccacaro 15 November 1998 list[D]
(69573) 1998 BQ26 28 January 1998 list[F]
69961 Millosevich 15 November 1998 list[D]
(96583) 1998 VG34 15 November 1998 list[D]
(155410) 1996 CE2 15 February 1996 list[C]
(173146) 1995 UM 17 October 1995 list[C]
(219091) 1998 RF3 15 September 1998 list[F]
Co-discovery made with:
A V. Giuliani
B M. Cavagna
C P. Ghezzi
D F. Manca
E P. Chiavenna
F A. Testa

Publications[edit]

  • "The orbit of (944) Hidalgo", British Astron. Assoc. Jnl., (1990, M. Cavagna, P. Sicoli)
  • "Future Earth Approaches of (4179) Toutatis", Minor Planet Bulletin, (1992, M. Cavagna, P. Sicoli)
  • "Earth Close Approaches of Minor Planet (7482) 1994 PC1", Minor Planet Bulletin, (1997, P. Sicoli)
  • "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)
  • "Giuseppe Piazzi and the Discovery of Ceres", Asteroids III, (2002, G. Fodera' Serio, A. Manara, P. Sicoli)
  • "Planetary Close Encounters", Proceedings of the Fourth Italian Meeting of Planetary Science, (2002, F. Manca, P. Sicoli)
  • "Killed by a meteorite?", Mercury, (2003, P. Sicoli, C.J. Cunningham)
  • "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)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Minor Planet Discoverers (by number)". Minor Planet Center. 4 September 2016. Retrieved 4 November 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Schmadel, Lutz D. (2007). Dictionary of Minor Planet Names – (7866) Sicoli. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. p. 620. ISBN 978-3-540-00238-3. Retrieved 4 November 2016. 
  3. ^ "Sormano Astronomical Observatory: TECA – Table of Asteroids Next Closest Approaches to the Earth". OAS - Osservatorio Astronomico Sormano. 4 November 2016. Retrieved 4 November 2016. 
  4. ^ "Sormano Astronomical Observatory: TECA – Table of Asteroids Next Closest Approaches to the Earth". OAS - Osservatorio Astronomico Sormano. 9 September 2016. Retrieved 4 November 2016.