Thursday, January 7, 2010

January 7: Francesco Carlini

Carlini crater on the Moon

Francesco Carlini
January 7, 1783 – August 29, 1862

Francesco Carlini was an Italian astronomer.

Born in Milan, he became director of the observatory there in 1832. He published Nuove tavole de moti apparenti del sole in 1832. In 1810, he had already published Esposizione di un nuovo metodo di construire le taole astronomiche applicato alle tavole del sole. Together with Giovanni Antonio Amedeo Plana, he participated in a geodetic project in Austria and Italy. During this trip in 1821 he took pendulum measurements on top of Mount Cenis, Italy, from which he calculated one of the first estimates of the density and mass of the Earth.

The Lunar crater Carlini is named in his honor.

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The Astronomy Compendium: January 7

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