Bassano Bresciano

Bassano Bresciano
Comune di Bassano Bresciano
Bassano Bresciano

Location of Bassano Bresciano in Italy

Coordinates: 45°19′50″N 10°7′40″E / 45.33056°N 10.12778°E / 45.33056; 10.12778Coordinates: 45°19′50″N 10°7′40″E / 45.33056°N 10.12778°E / 45.33056; 10.12778
Country Italy
Region Lombardy
Province / Metropolitan city Brescia
  Total 9 km2 (3 sq mi)
Elevation 65 m (213 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
  Total 2,237
  Density 250/km2 (640/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 25020
Dialing code 030
Website Official website

Bassano Bresciano is a comune in the province of Brescia, in Lombardy. As of 2011 Bassano Bresciano had a population of 2,237.[1]


The private Bassano Bresciano Observatory or Astronomical Observatory of Bassano Bresciano (Italian: Osservatorio Bassano Bresciano, Osservatorio Astronomico di Bassano Bresciano) is an astronomical observatory located at an altitude of 58 metres above sea level within the territory of Bassano Bresciano. It has the IAU code "565". The Florian main-belt asteroid 6460 Bassano, discovered by Ulisse Quadri at Bassano Bresciano in 1992, was named for the village and its observatory.[2] Naming citation was published on 9 September 1995 (M.P.C. 25655).[3]

First astrometric measurements were published in the Minor Planet Circulars in 1983, then obtained with a 15-cm reflecting telescope. On 29 April 1989, the observatory was officially inaugurated, when a 42-cm Schmidt telescope was installed, which has since been the observatory's principal instrument. The telescope is installed on an equatorial fork mount, uses a Starlight HX516 CCD camera, and is housed on the first floor of a 5-meter dome building. Today the observatory is fully automated and remote controlled. Discoveries at the observatory include the minor planets 6460 Bassano, 6793 Palazzolo, 6981 Chirman and 22370 Italocalvino. The focus of the observatory's main research activity has now shifted from astrometry of minor planets and comets, to photometric observations of planets and variable stars. In 2011, it also joined the international gamma-ray burst coordinates network. The observatory is open to the public on the occasion of important astronomical events.[4]

Minor planets discovered: 3[5]
6793 Palazzolo 30 December 1991 list
6981 Chirman 15 October 1993 list
22370 Italocalvino 15 October 1993 list
Discoveries of numbered minor planets credited to "Bassano Bresciano" by the Minor Planet Center


  1. 1 2 ISTAT Archived March 3, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. Schmadel, Lutz D. (2007). Dictionary of Minor Planet Names – (6460) Bassano. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. p. 534. ISBN 978-3-540-00238-3. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  3. "MPC/MPO/MPS Archive". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  4. "Bassano Bresciano Astronomical Observatory". Bassano Bresciano Observatory. 4 January 2016. Retrieved 30 March 2016.
  5. "Minor Planet Discoverers (by number)". Minor Planet Center. 4 September 2016. Retrieved 12 November 2016.

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