Giovanni Domenico Cassini - age: 87

Giovanni Domenico Cassini

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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.He rejected Isaac Newton's theory of gravity due to faulty results from his own experiments.He shares credit for the discovery of Jupiter's Great Red Spot with renowned polymath Robert Hooke.

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.

PERSONAL LIFE

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

FUN FACTS

Scientist Giovanni Domenico Cassini were born on Sunday, birthstone is Pearl, the seaon was Spring in the Chinese year of , it is 155 days until Giovanni Domenico Cassini next birthday.

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