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Giovanni Schiaparelli

* 1835 Savigliano near Cuneo, Italy
+ 1910 Milano

   

Giovanni Schiaparelli

Giovanni Virginio Schiaparelli was an Italian astronomer and science historian.
Among Schiaparelli's contributions are his telescopic observations of Mars.
In his initial observations, he named the "seas" and "continents" of Mars.
During the planet's "great opposition" of 1877, he observed a dense network of linear structures on the surface of Mars,
which he called canali in Italian, meaning "channels", but the term was mistranslated into English as "canals"



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