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Neptune nears end of first orbit since discovery

Posted on Saturday, 21 August, 2010 | Comment icon 2 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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The planet Neptune is nearing the end of its first complete orbit since it was discovered in 1846.

Neptune was first discovered when observations of Uranus placed the orbit outside the path predicted by astronomers, it was then that the presence of another planet was predicted and the astronomer Johann Galle first observed it through a telescope.

"The planet Neptune was in opposition when the sun, Earth, and a planet fell in a straight line on August 20."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Aries1982 on 21 August, 2010, 16:31
that's actually a pretty cool piece of information.
Comment icon #2 Posted by RazielSeth on 21 August, 2010, 18:13
I agree.

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