Giovanni Domenico Cassini

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Birthday
8, 1625
Birthplace
Italy
Death Date
Sep 14, 1712 (87)
Birth Sign
Gemini
Birthday
8, 1625
Birthplace
Italy
Death Date
Sep 14, 1712 (87)

About

Italian astronomer, engineer and mathematician who was the first to notice the division of the rings on Saturn and discovered four of the planet's satellites. The Cassini Division, a 4,800-kilometer gap between rings A and B around Saturn, is named in his honor.

Before Fame

His career in astronomy got started when he accepted a position at a Panzano observatory, where he worked with amateur astronomer Cornelio Malvasia beginning in 1648.

Trivia

He rejected Isaac Newton's theory of gravity due to faulty results from his own experiments.

Family Life

He was married to Genevieve de Laistre and had two sons, one of which, Jacques, also became an astronomer.

Associated With

He shares credit for the discovery of Jupiter's Great Red Spot with renowned polymath Robert Hooke.