(4279) De Gasparis

Reference work entry

1982 WB. Discovered 1982 Nov. 19 at the Osservatorio San Vittore at Bologna.

Named in memory of Annibale De Gasparis (1819–1892), Italian astronomer, director of the Observatory of Naples from 1864 to 1889. A great observer of minor planets, he discovered visually those numbered 10, 11, 13, 15, 16, 20, 24, 63 and 83 and made an independent discovery of (14). He was also the author of several memoirs on orbit determination and other problems in theoretical astronomy. (M 17030)

De Gasparis is also honored by a lunar crater.

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