Unitas

Discovered 1891 Mar. 1 by E. Millosevich at Rome.

Named in honor of the Italian astronomer Angelo Pietro Secchi (1818-1878) {see planet (4705)} and also for the unity of Italy. The citation reads: "Al pianeta, scoperto ... dal E. Millosevich, e da lui pregato di denominarlo, do il nome di Unitas, associando in questo nome due idee, la prima il ricordo d'un libro classico del mio illustre predecessore ed amico A. Secchi, la seconda l'unita della patria." (AN 127, 167 (1891))

Named by P. Tacchini (1838-1905), director of the Modena Observatory in 1859. He went to Palermo in 1863 and succeeded Secchi in 1879 as director of the Osservatorio del Collegio Romano. He was a pioneer of solar spectroscopy, paying particular attention to solar prominences which he showed to obey the 11-year period (H 35).

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