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Giovanni Domenico Cassini

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Giovanni Domenico Cassini
Born(1625-06-08)8 June 1625
Died14 September 1712(1712-09-14) (aged 87)
Paris, France
NationalityItalian, French
Alma materThe Jesuit College at Genoa
Known forCassini Division
Cassini identity
Cassini's laws
Cassini oval
First to observe the division in the rings of Saturn
Scientific career
FieldsMathematics, astrology astronomy, engineering
InstitutionsUniversity of Bologna

Giovanni Domenico Cassini, also known as Jean-Dominique Cassini, (June 8, 1625 – September 14, 1712) was an Italian-French astronomer, engineer and astrologer. Cassini was born in Perinaldo in the Republic of Genoa (part of Italy).

Discoveries[change | change source]

Cassini, along with Robert Hooke discovered the Great Red Spot on Jupiter in around 1665. He also discovered the four of Saturn's moons, as well as the Cassini Division in Saturn's rings.