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[DA July 13, 2011] Neptune Part II

13 Jul 2011, 04:18 UTC
[DA July 13, 2011] Neptune Part II
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From the USM Southworth Planetarium “Where the Sun doesn’t shine” THE DAILY ASTRONOMER July 13, 2011 Neptune Part II ****************************************** So, here’s a contrary shout out to those of us who often proclaim, “Who needs editers!” In yesterday’s article, I once listed Neptune’s discovery year as 1843, when, of course, it should have read 1846. [...]

From the USM Southworth Planetarium
“Where the Sun doesn’t shine”
THE DAILY ASTRONOMER
July 13, 2011
Neptune Part II
******************************************
So, here’s a contrary shout out to those of us who often proclaim, “Who needs editers!”
In yesterday’s article, I once listed Neptune’s discovery year as 1843, when, of course, it should have read
1846. I want to thank the Pluto lady for kindly pointing out the error.
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September 23/24, 1846:
Johann Galle and Heinrich D’Arrest discovered the eighth planet, Neptune. They sought this world at the behest of French astronomer Urbainn Le Verrier who suspected that an unknown planet was causing the observed perturbations in Uranus’ orbit. Le Verrier had devoted months to the meticulous calculations required to demonstrate that a more distant world exerted enough of a gravitational influence on Uranus to shift its position away from ...

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