Monday, July 11, 2011

Happy Discoveryday, Neptune

Man, does time ever fly when you're having fun. Can you believe it's been one whole year since we discovered Neptune? Me either. It seems like it was just last month that Englishman John Adams and Frenchman Urbain Le Verrier were coming forth with their calculations

Neptune's discovery marked a turning point in astronomy. Its existence was revealed, not through a serendipitous observation by an astronomer but by the careful work of mathematicians. They calculated that perturbations in the orbit of Uranus, then thought to be the sun's most distant planet, could only be explained by the existence of another, even remoter world whose gravity was affecting Uranus's path.

and William Lassell started scanning the skies.



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