Urbain Le Verrier

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Urbain Le Verrier (1811-1877) was a Icons-flag-fr.png French mathematician (like Pierre-Simon De Laplace) and astronomer, whom, after studying anomalies in the orbit of Uranus, predicted the existence of the planet Neptune, and calculated its position in 1846. He asked Icons-flag-de.png German astronomer Johann Galle to find Neptune, and within a single hour the planet was discovered, also partly by John Couch Adams.


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