"The Sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent upon it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do."
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Giovanni Domenico Cassini died on this day in 1712 in
Cassini was an astronomer at the Panzano Observatory, from 1648 to 1669. He was a professor of astronomy at the
Along with Robert Hooke, Cassini is given credit for the discovery of the Great Red Spot on Jupiter (ca. 1665). Cassini was the first to observe four of Saturn's moons, which he called Sidera Lodoicea; he also discovered the Cassini Division (1675). Around 1690, Cassini was the first to observe differential rotation within Jupiter's atmosphere.
In 1672 he sent his colleague Jean Richer to
Named after Cassini
- Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn
- The Cassini Division in Saturn's rings
- Cassini Regio, dark area on Iapetus
- Cassini crater on Mars
- Cassini crater on the Moon
- Cassini's Laws
- 24101 Cassini, an asteroid
- Cassini's identity for Fibonacci numbers
- Cassini oval
- Cassini Web Server
For more information visit the Astronomy Compendium.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Atman, the Creator, made Fire, Wind, Sun, Moon, and other divinities.
They said to him: ‘Find out for us an abode wherein we may be established and may eat food.’ He led up a bull to them. They said: ‘Verily, this is not sufficient for us.’ He led up a horse to them. They said: ‘Verily, this is not sufficient for us.’ He led up a person to them. They said: ‘Oh! well done!’—Verily, a person is a thing well done.— He said to them: ‘Enter into your respective abodes.’
Fire became speech, and entered the mouth.
By Jules Cashford, p. 118
Hindu myth circa eighth to sixth century BCE.