About Me

My name is Raffaello Lena. I was born on 2 September 1959.  My first lunar activity is made with the GLR (Geologic Lunar Research) group. I  published lunar articles in Icarus, Planetary Space Science ,  LPSC , JALPO, JBAA, Selenology other than in American and Italian magazines. I also work for the editorial board of the Journal Selenology Today.

"Saying that everything has already been done is the language of those who either lack ability or courage."  (Gaetano Filangieri, 1874)

"All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them." (Galileo Galilei)

LPOD NOTE March 4, 2009


Raffaello Lena and his colleagues have elevated amateur lunar studies to the professional level. Over the last decade the Geologic Lunar Research Group that Raf founded has produced dozens of published studies of lunar domes, faults and transient phenomena. Raf has been interested in the Moon since he was 10 years old and has progressed from a small Newtonian telescope to high quality scopes (6” Maksutov Cassegrain and a 5” refractor). He is also the leader of the editorial board of Selenology Today, a journal that has produced the highest level of amateur lunar studies since the 1800s when gentleman scientists mapped the Moon. Like all amateurs, Raf has a reallife job in a different field. He has a doctorate in pharmaceutical sciences from the University of Rome and works  on food safety. And whenever possible he listens to jazz and explores Italy’s volcanoes and mountainous geology.

Chuck Wood

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