Andrea Boattini

Andrea Boattini

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Andrea Boattini (born September 16 1969) is an Italian astronomer, a prolific discoverer of asteroids 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. Now he is working for the Catalina Sky Survey project 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 rediscovered 206P/Barnard-Boattini during his work from Mount Lemmon Survey.

Asteroid 8925 Boattini is named in his honour .

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