The discovery of the Neptune planet was the result of various hypotheses, generated by different astronomers and mathematicians from 1781 to 1847. The article entitled “Accounting for Anomaly: The Discovery of Neptune” describes how Neptune was mathematically identified, before being directly observed, using the calculations of Urbain Le Verrier. He made the hypothesis that the Newtonian gravitation law could not fully explain the series of irregularities in the path of the Uranus planet. Le Verrier suggested the existence of another planet, after Uranus, that could affect its gravity. In 1845 his hypothesis followed a series of calculations to determine the nature and position of this unknown planet. By this calculations Le Verrier’s understood
The faintly visible, blue-green, gas planet is called Uranus. Although only visited once, Astronomers have come a long way since ancient times with the research of this extraordinary planet. Most people only remember Uranus as "the sideways planet", but in reality, Uranus is unfathomably unique.
Astronomer Clyde W. Tombaugh officially discovered Pluto in 1930. In the 85 years since its discovery, it has yet to complete a single orbit of the Sun.
Astronomer Clyde W. Tombaugh discovered Pluto in 1930. In the 85 years since its discovery, it has yet to complete a single orbit of the Sun.
This “Ice Giant” sure stands for its name as the 7th farthest planet from the Sun and its cold atmosphere brought about by the gases found here, hydrogen, helium and a little bit of methane. Uranus falls under the gas giant category along with neighbors Neptune and Saturn. This planet is composed of rock materials and various ices and is very similar to the cores of Saturn and Jupiter. Since the thick, blue-colored atmosphere covers the planet itself, scientists suggest that under the atmosphere is a hot, slushy ocean of water, ammonia, and methane thousands of mile deep right to a small, rocky core. Its blue color comes from the absorption of red light from the Sun by methane in the upper atmosphere but reflects blue light from the Sun back into space.
Pluto was discovered by a young astronomer named Clyde W. Tombaugh about 85 years ago. Clyde discovered Pluto while looking for any moving objects on a blink comparator. A blink comparator is a machine that rapidly switched images back and forth to create the illusion of movement.
Uranus was later found and its number is 19. Bode’s law can not, however, accurately give the correct answer for Neptune and Pluto. While Bode’s name is in the name of the law he was not the person who created it. He was only the person who popularized it. Johann Daniel Titius was actually the first person to first announce it. Bode had written about it in one of his studies but he had not credited Titius for his works, so people just assumed that it was Bode’s findings. Bode later gave Titius the credit he deserved, hence the second name of the law, Bode-Titius Law.
Jupiter is really bright, so bright that you can see it at night without a telescope. So if you ask who discovered this planet, there really is no answer. NASA says that the ancients discovered it back in ancient times, it could be true because they only thing they needed would have been there eyes. There was a chief ancient roman god named
b. Jennifer Rosenberg in her article Pluto Discovered writes, “It took a year of detailed, painstaking work, but Tombaugh did find Planet X. The discovery occurred on February 18, 1930 while Tombaugh was carefully examining a set of photographic plates created by the telescope”. Tombaugh officially announced the discovery of the ninth planet on March 13, 1930.
Uranus was the very first planet to be discovered since the beginning of recorded history. William Herschel was a man of music, but he was also very interested in astronomy and often studied books about it. His love for astronomy is what ultimately led him to the discovery of the planet.
The discovery of Uranus by William Herschel in 1781 was a surprise to the professional astronomers of the day. William was an amateur astronomer and he made his own telescopes. He was looking at the night sky and he was looking at what others had noted was another star. With his better equipment, he could see that it was not a star but a planet. He wanted to name the planet after King George III of England. It was decided that is was going to be named after the Greek gods. It got the name of Uranus who was the father of Saturn according to mythology. It took a few years for that name to stick but when it did, the rest was history. William did get a paid as a professional astronomer after his discovery. That is good advice for all of us: Do
William Herschel gained a passion for astronomy in his mid-thirties. Due to his determination to explore beyond our Milky Way, he further researched different telescopes, and he even started creating his own to find the best glass that would reflect the greatest light. Still an amateur, in March of 1791, Herschel found Uranus in the night sky. Astronomers before him had seen the planet, yet had dismissed it for a star. However, he knew it wasn’t a star (or a comet as he had first presumed), and after asking questions and researching the movement of the light, he realized that it was a planet.