I was born in 1957 and, after graduating in Physics (1980) at the University of Napoli, I spent almost 20 years as an astronomer at the Osservatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte (INAF). In 2001 I became at first associate professor and then, in 2006, full professor of astrophysics at the University of Napoli Federico II. I am "visiting ressearch associate" at the California Institute of Technology and associate to the Italian Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN) and to the Italian Institute for Astrophysics (INAF). I am also a member of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and of the Accademia Pontaniana (the oldest Italian academy, established in 1434).
short curriculum (Ita-pdf)
complete curriculum (pdf)


My main research interests are in the emerging field of Astroinformatics and, in particular, in the application of modern computer science technologies to the analysis and interpretation of astrophysical data. My recent and ongoing work focuses on ...


I am currently teaching the following courses:
- Introductory Astrophysics - Undergraduate, bachelor level
- Astrophysics - Undergraduate, master level
- History of astronomy. For Physics and Mathematics stude nts
Students interested in doing their B.Sc or M.Sc. Thesis under my supervision can find here some interesting projects.
present courses (corsi attivi)
past courses (corsi cessati)
(sito docente)

Public Outreach

I have published many papers on popular astronomy, history of sciences and science in general. I also coordinated several public outreach projects and, since a few months I have a periodic column on astronomical oddities for the on-line magazine "Sapere Scienza".