I was born in 1957 and, after graduating in Physics (1980), I spent almost 20 years as an astronomer at the Osservatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte (INAF). In 2001 I became associate professor and, in 2006, professor of astrophysics at the University of Napoli Federico II. I am also visiting associate at the California Institute of Technology, associate to the Italian Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN) and to the Italian Institute for Astrophysics (INAF), and a member of the Accademia Pontaniana (the oldest Italian academy, established in 1434).
short curriculum (ita)
short curriculum (en)
long curriculum with list of publications


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 ... read more


I am currently teaching the following courses:
- Introductory Astrophysics - Undergraduate, bachelor level
- Astrophysics - Undergraduate, master level
- History of Astronomy. Undergraduate.

Students interested in doing their B.Sc or M.Sc. thesis under my supervision can find here some interesting projects.
past courses
teaching web site

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 currently I write a periodic column on astronomical oddities for the on-line magazine "Sapere Scienza".

popular science
public outreach projects
column in "Sapere Scienza"