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Flammarion - L'atmosphère: météorologie populaire (1888) - Engraving
Flammarion C., L'Atmosphere: Météorologie Populaire (Paris, 1888), colorized

I am an Astrophysics PhD student at the University of Bologna. My interests revolve around observational cosmology and extragalactic astrophysics: cosmic chronometers, gravitational waves, stellar populations, galaxy formation and evolution.

Beyond the involvement with scientific research, I particularly enjoy communicating science to the wider public through outreach events. I am a member of Gapers Amateur Astronomers Group based in San Giovanni in Persiceto (BO), which I have been actively supporting since 2015.

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Bio

I was born in 1996 in Renazzo, a small town between Ferrara and Bologna which is also the hometown of Ferruccio Lamborghini. On 15 January 1824 a meteorite fell and three stones with a total mass of ~ 10 kg were recovered. Due to its peculiar composition, it led to the definition of a new group of carbonaceous chondrites: Renazzo-type (CR).

In a nearby town, Cento, I attended the Scientific High School ISIT - Bassi Burgatti. Here I met Sandro Zannarini, professor of physics. It was thanks to him that my interest in astronomy exponentially grew. He persuaded me to participate in Italian Astronomy Olympiads and with his teachings I managed to reach the national stage. I also developed a strong passion for the most “hands-on” aspects of Astronomy and I decided to invest in the first proper telescope: Celestron CPC 800. Being unsuitable for astrophotography I used (and still use) it for outreach events.

Such website is part of my learning experience and therefore it is conceived as a work in progress, subject to continuous editing and open to any feedback that you may provide. Make sure to visit the G-Astronomy section!

Research

Cosmic chronometers

Massive and passive galaxies can be used as cosmic chronometers to study the expansion history of the Universe. In particular, by studying their differential aging over different cosmic epochs it is possible to obtain direct measurements of the Hubble parameter, H(z) (Jimenez & Loeb, 2002). These measurements are cosmological-model independent! However, to obtain robust differential age measurements it is crucial to break internal degeneracies between stellar population parameters (e.g. age and chemical content). This can be achieved with deep spectroscopic data.

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Outreach / Conferenze

N'est-il pas agréable d'exercer notre esprit dans la contemplation des grands spectacles de la nature ? N'est-il pas utile de savoir au moins sur quoi nous marchons, quelle place nous occupons dans l'infini, quel est ce soleil dont les rayons bienfaisants entretiennent la vie terrestre, quel est ce ciel qui nous environne, quelles sont ces nombreuses étoiles qui pendant la nuit obscure répandent dans l'espace leur silencieuse lumière?
— Camille Flammarion, Astronomie populaire (1880), Incipit

Museo del Cielo e della Terra, San Giovanni in Persiceto (BO)

The Achievements of Astronomy - Why do we have to invest in Research?
M87's Black Hole and its Photon Ring
Extreme environments in the Universe
Black Holes: at the edge of space-time
The enchanting charm of Interstellar Nebulae
Gravitational lenses: some fancy upshots of General Relativity
Almost Twins: searching for life in the Cosmos
The Dark Side of the Universe

Astronomy Courses

Astronauts for 4 days: exploration of space, experiments, missiles and meteorites (for primary schools)
Astronomers for 4 days: Solar System, telescopes, stars and galaxies with expriments (for primary schools)
Astronomical telescopes
Stellar evolution

Events

The Journey to the Moon, 18 July 2019, Palata Pepoli (BO)
Lunar Eclipse, 27 July 2018, Palata Pepoli (BO)

Outreach / Conferenze

La scienza è meraviglia.
— Romano Serra

Museo del Cielo e della Terra, San Giovanni in Persiceto (BO)

Le conquiste dell’Astronomia - Perché dobbiamo investire milioni nella ricerca?
Buco nero di M87: come si è arrivati all'immagine dell'Anello Fotonico
Ambienti estremi nell'Universo
Buchi neri: ai confini dello spazio-tempo
L'incantevole fascino delle nebulose interstellari
Lenti gravitazionali: alcuni simpatici effetti della relativitĂ  generale
Gemelli (o quasi) della Terra: alla ricerca della vita nel Cosmo
Il Lato Oscuro dell'Universo

Corsi di Astronomia

Astronauti per 4 Giorni: esplorazione dello Spazio, esperimenti, missili e meteoriti (per scuole primarie)
Astronomi per 4 giorni: Sistema Solare, telescopi, stelle e galassie con esperimenti (per scuole primarie)
Telescopi astronomici
Evoluzione stellare

Eventi

Viaggio sulla Luna A/R, 18 Luglio 2019, Palata Pepoli (BO)
Eclisse Lunare del 27 Luglio 2018, Palata Pepoli (BO)

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