Science Fair Project Encyclopedia
He was a pioneer of astronomical spectroscopy along with Joseph von Fraunhofer. He was a Jesuit and at age 32 became the director of the Vatican Observatory. Through his solar observations, he discovered the existence of solar spicules.
He drew one of the early maps of Mars in 1858, in which he called Syrtis Major the "Atlantic Canal". He thus anticipated Schiaparelli's use of the term canali, although Secchi's canals were not the long straight-line Martian canals of Schiaparelli and Lowell.
The contents of this article is licensed from www.wikipedia.org under the GNU Free Documentation License. Click here to see the transparent copy and copyright details