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
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