View Poll Results: Who discovered Neptune?

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  • Le Varrier

    1 25.00%
  • Adams

    1 25.00%
  • Galle

    1 25.00%
  • d'Arrest

    0 0%
  • Galileo

    1 25.00%
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Thread: Who discovered Neptune?

  1. #1
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    Who discovered Neptune?

    Just curious to see what you think.
    "Occam" is the name of the alien race that will enslave us all eventually. And they've got razors for hands. I don't know if that's true but it seems like the simplest answer."

    Stephen Colbert.

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    All of the above

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    Well, Adams' prediction was very inaccurate and it was exaggerated due to international politics (he was British whereas LeVerrier was French). Galle saw Neptune first where LeVerrier predicted it to be but probably couldn't find it without the help of d'Arrest. Galileo saw it but didn't know it, so he doesn't count.

    So, in my opinion LeVerrier with Galle and d'Arrest are the discoverers.

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    LeVerrier on paper, Galle was the first to identify it visually using LeVerrier's calculations. Might have been spotted many times without being identified as a planet before
    The impossible often has a kind of integrity the merely improbable lacks. -Douglas Adams


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