Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers

2014 Edition
| Editors: Thomas Hockey, Virginia Trimble, Thomas R. Williams, Katherine Bracher, Richard A. Jarrell, Jordan D. MarchéII, JoAnn Palmeri, Daniel W. E. Green

Sersale, Gerolamo

  • Thomas Hockey
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Born (Italy), 1584


The Neapolitan Jesuit Gerolamo Sersale published a telescopic view of the Full Moon as it appeared in July 1650. Long thought lost, the original is now housed at the Naval Observatory of San Fernando, in Cadiz, Spain. A crater on the Moon is named Sirsalis.

Selected Reference

  1. Montgomery, S. L. (1996). The Scientific Voice. New York: Guilford Press.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Earth ScienceUniversity of Northern IowaCedar FallsUSA