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Neptune's discovery

British astronomers had Neptune in the bag. But then they let it slip away...
The London Times announced "Le Verrier's Planet Found," Thursday, October 1, 1846. This was startling news to most people of the day, and is still one of the most memorable events in the history of astronomy. For the first time in the 19th century and only the second time in history, astronomers had discovered a new major planet in the solar system. The name Johann Gottfried Galle, a German astronomer at the Royal Observatory in Berlin, will forever be etched in history for first recognizing the...

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