Caterina Scarpellini

Caterina Scarpellini (29 October 1808 – 28 November 1873), was an Italian astronomer who discovered a comet and as a meteorologist she established a station in Rome in the 1850s.

Caterina Scarpellini
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Born(1808-10-29)29 October 1808
Died28 November 1873(1873-11-28) (aged 65)
NationalityKingdom of Italy
Occupation(s)astronomer and meteorologist
Known forDiscovering a comet


She was born in Foligno on 29 October 1808, Scarpellini moved to Rome at the age of 18. She was an assistant to her uncle, who was the director of the Roman Campidoglio Observatory. She was a corresponding member of the Accademia dei Georgofili in Florence.[1]

She discovered a comet on 1 April 1854 and established a meteorological station in Rome in 1856. In 1872 she was honored by the Italian government for her work; she died 28 November the following year.[2][3][4]

One of the craters of Venus is named after her.[5]


  1. ^ Logan, Gabriella Berti (2005). "Caterina Scarpellini: Astronomy and Meteorology in Risorgimento Rome". Nuncius. 20: 189–217. doi:10.1163/182539105x00772. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
  2. ^ "SIUSA - Scarpellini Caterina". (in Italian). Retrieved 4 October 2017.
  3. ^ Popular Astronomy, March 1898, p. 217.
  4. ^ The Observatory, vol. 22 no. 282 (August 1899), p. 297-98.
  5. ^ "Planetary Names: Crater, craters: Scarpellini on Venus". Retrieved 4 October 2017.