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Visit the Monteporzio Catone Observatory Visit the Observative Site on Campo Imperatore Visit the Monte Mario Observatory in Rome
Sede di Monteporzio Catone
Via di Frascati, 33
00040 Monte Porzio Catone Italy
Voice +39 06 9428641
Fax +39 06 9447243
Observative Station of
Campo Imperatore

67100 Assergi, L'Aquila Italy
Voice +39 0862 400008
No Fax
INAF Administration Monte Mario
Viale del Parco Mellini, 84
00136 Rome Italy
Voice +39 06 35347056
Fax +39 06 35347802

A Short history

Since the end of 2011 the new Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma director has become dr. Fabrizio Fiore.
    The Rome Observatory was founded in 1938, in the site of Villa Mellini in Monte Mario in Rome.
    In the same period, a new observatory in Monteporzio Catone was built to house a big refractor. The Second World War put an end to the project.
    In 1948, the Monteporzio building was assigned to the Observatory of Rome. In 1965, a new observing facility was founded at Campo Imperatore (2200m), on the Gran Sasso mountain (at about 100 km from Rome).
    This facility was equipped with a 60cm Schmidt telescope. Subsequently a new 1.1 m infrared telescope war created in collaboration with eh Russian Observatory of Pulkovo and the Observatory of Teramo.
    This instruments are mainly used for several scientific projects, educational activities and outreach.

Since 1988, the OAR astronomers have been working at the Monteporzio site, which offers a suitable structure for the development of scientific activities. This location also houses the Astronomical Divulgation Laboratory (open to the public), and the Monte Porzio Telescope where students and astronomy appassionate may interact with this beautiful science.
In the Monte Mario structure remains the Astronomical and Copernican Museum and the Solar Tower, while the main building is reserved to central INAF administration activity.
The Observatory of Rome used to be an independent Institute of the Minister of Education and Research (MIUR), until the National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF) was established, in 2002. Now it is one of the 20 Astronomical Observatories and Institutes of INAF.
The OAR is characterized by a broad cultural interest in a variety of fields, ranging from the Solar System to the Distant Galaxies and the Universe as a whole.


The OAR today

The broad range of topics investigated by the astronomers of the OAR is an important asset to provide the synergy and the link with the educational activities of the three Universities in Rome.
At the request of the Physics Departments, several courses on different topics were assigned to OAR staff through the years.
41 research staff are working at the OAR together with 29 (plus 7 temporary positions) administrative and technical staff. The research staff is composed of 6 AO (Senior Astronomer), 9 AA (Associate Astronomers), 26 RA (Astronomers). 3 researchers have been on leave in different Institutes since 2004.
A total of 20 PhD students and 11 Post-Docs are currently involved in the research activity.
The OAR has a large library and adequate computer facilities.
A guest-house is also available for visiting scientists who collaborate with the OAR staff.

The OAR is among the most productive INAF Institutes, and its research activities are well placed in strategic European or worldwide programs.
The total number of refereed publications in the 2004-2007 period is 547 (at the top in the ranking of the 19 INAF Institutes); while the total number of citations is about 7200 (fourth in the same list).

Research Activity

The research activity of the OAR covers all five main themes in which research activities at INAF are subdivided:

  • Galaxies and Cosmology
  • Stars, stellar systems and interstellar medium
  • The Solar system
  • Relativistic astrophysics
  • Technology: R&D, neww instrumentation etc.

A full description of the activities is given in the scientific activity web page (link).

OAR News 
 INAF News 

-[News Item] (2011-11-30) Visite della commissione per le direzioni delle Strutture di Ricerca

-[News Item] (2011-11-28) Riunione del Consiglio di Amministrazione del 23 novembre 2011

-[News Item] (2011-11-24) Avviso di procedura per l'acquisizione di manifestazioni di interesse per il conferimento dell'incarico di Direttore della Direzione centrale per l'attività amministrativa e la gestione del patrimonio all'ISTAT

-[News Item] (2011-11-14) Nomina commissione per la selezione dei Direttori di struttura INAF

-[News Item] (2011-11-14) Procedure di selezione delle strutture INAF

-[News Item] (2011-11-11) AGILE Cycle-3 Public Data Now Available

-[News Item] (2011-10-14) Riunione del Consiglio di Amministrazione del 13 ottobre 2011

-[News Item] (2011-10-14) Censimento progetti di Macroarea 5

-[News Item] (2011-09-28) Riunione del Consiglio di Amministrazione del 27 settembre 2011

-[News Item] (2011-09-07) Angioletta Coradini (1946-2011)

-[News Item] (2011-09-05) Decreti di nomina del Presidente e del CdA dell'INAF

-[InafMedia] (Thu, 23 Jun 2016 14:27:13 +0000) LED da Nobel, ma possono essere nocivi

-[InafMedia] (Fri, 24 Jun 2016 11:44:16 +0000) Vita sulla Terra nonostante un debole Sole

-[InafMedia] (Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:18:12 +0000) Marte: trovato un inatteso minerale

-[InafMedia] (Fri, 24 Jun 2016 15:42:57 +0000) L’idrogeno che sembra un metallo

-[InafMedia] (Fri, 24 Jun 2016 15:49:07 +0000) Asteroid Day, conto alla rovescia

-[InafMedia] (Mon, 27 Jun 2016 08:04:16 +0000) La big science di CTA verrà coordinata a Bologna

-[InafMedia] (Mon, 27 Jun 2016 08:26:36 +0000) Modelli cosmologici super accurati

-[InafMedia] (Mon, 27 Jun 2016 11:32:02 +0000) Il VLT scruta Giove

-[InafMedia] (Mon, 27 Jun 2016 15:59:55 +0000) Scoperto opale in meteorite antartico

-[InafMedia] (Mon, 27 Jun 2016 16:19:11 +0000) 50 anni a osservar le stelle sull’Etna

-[InafMedia] (Tue, 28 Jun 2016 10:53:39 +0000) Lo spazio e le stelle di Lucio Fontana

-[InafMedia] (Tue, 28 Jun 2016 14:10:26 +0000) Il buco nero sconosciuto avvistato da Chandra

-[InafMedia] (Tue, 28 Jun 2016 18:54:43 +0000) Marte e Terra: inaspettate conferme

-[InafMedia] (Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:09:50 +0000) La nana bruna più veloce della Galassia

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