September 23, 2010

Did you know ...

on this day in 1846, and yes, that was a long time ago, the planet Neptune was discovered by German astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle? There were actually three discoverers of Neptune. The first one, John Couch Adams, knew that because the path of Uranus around the Sun did not make sense (some years it had a faster rotation, other years slower), and so John Couch Adams told astronomers to start looking for an eighth planet. No one took him seriously, until Urbain J.J. Le Verrier did some math calculations and thought John Couch Adams was correct. Johann Gottfried Galle took these calculations to find the eighth planet. "The discoverers agreed to name the new planet after the Roman god Neptune." This quote was taken from page 9 of the book.

Enslow's new title on this planet, for the elementary market, is available in both library and paperback bindings.

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