Position: Associate Astronomer

Contact info

  • Room: B-3W9
  • Phone: +39 051 6357 322
  • Email: alberto.buzzoni@inaf.it

Personal info


Born in Ferrara in 1958, and currently Senior Associate Astronomer of the National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF), Italy. Studied astronomy at the Bologna University and worked longtime in Milan (Brera Astronomical Observatory), Mexico (INAOE, National Institute for Astrophysics, Optics and Electronics, Puebla), and Spain (Roque de los Muchachos International Observatory, La Palma). Now at the Astrophysics and Space Science Observatory in Bologna. Since 2006, Professor in charge of "Spectral evolution of Galaxies" for the MSc career in Astrophysics & Cosmology at the Bologna University. Supervisor of +30 MSc and PhD thesis in Physics, Astrophysics and Philosophy of Science in Milan, Bologna, Naples, Mexico. In my earlier career I extensively worked on the study of galaxy and globular cluster spectrophotometric evolution across the cosmic time. This original field of research has been accompanied, in more recent years, by a prevailing activiy on Space Situational Awareness (SSA) issues related to the physical and dynamical characterization of natural (meteors & NEO) and artificial space debris (the so-called "Kessler Syndrome"). Both these fields of study rely on numerical models and observing programmes at the major telescopes, from ground and space. I currently serve in the Steering Committee of OCIS, in the framework of the European SST Consortium for Space Surveillance and Defense, as INAF National Representative, together with members of the Italian Space Agency (ASI) and Air Force (AM). I also contribute to the Working Team of the Italian Prime Minister's Office on the same themes of Space Policy. My research has been supported by various financial grants provided by Italian (MIUR, GNA/CNR, ASI, INAF), Mexican (CONACyT) and European (EEC) institutions. My scientific production comprises over 180 publications, in all the major professional journals worldwide. This led to some 3700 citations with a total Hirtsch Index of 32 (as from the Google Scholar database). My ORCID number is 0000-0002-6514-1870. I presented original contributions in some 80 international conferences, and offered invited seminars at major international universities and research centers. I've been SOC co-chairman in various international conferences, and Scientific Editor for the Kluwer Academic Publishers, the Astronomical Society of Pacific (USA), and the Italian Astronomical Society. I'm also international referee of astrophysics and space research journals, and scientific/academic evaluator for INAF (Italy), NCN (Poland), CONACyT (Mexico) and CONICET (Argentina).

Latest papers on ADS
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  1. Geo Satellites' Manufacturing Markers from Photometric Colors, 2nd NEO and Debris Detection Conference, 2023
  2. Steps forward to SST applications of slit-less multi-object spectroscopy with the SuperFOSC camera at the Loiano astronomical observatory, Advances in Optical and Mechanical Technologies for Telescopes and Instrumentation, 2022
  3. Comets beyond 4 au: How pristine are Oort nuclei?, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 2022
  4. Physical characterization of the active asteroid (6478) Gault, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 2021
  5. Cavezzo, the first Italian meteorite recovered by the PRISMA fireball network. Orbit, trajectory, and strewn-field, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 2021
  6. Dynamical properties of the Molniya satellite constellation: Long-term evolution of orbital eccentricity, Acta Astronautica, 2021
  7. The Italian contribution to Comet Interceptor, the ESA F-class mission to an ancient world, 43rd COSPAR Scientific Assembly. Held 28 January - 4 February, 2021
  8. Monitoring the final orbital decay and the re-entry of Tiangong-1 with the Italian SST ground sensor network, The Journal of Space Safety Engineering, 2020
  9. FRIPON: a worldwide network to track incoming meteoroids, Astronomy and Astrophysics, 2020
  10. A report on the New Year's meteorite found near Cavezzo, Italy, European Planetary Science Congress, 2020
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Contributions to this website

  1. TANDEM: Telescope Array eNabling DEbris Monitoring [08/08/2023]