Urbain Le Verrier, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death

    

Urbain Le Verrier

French astronomer

Date of Birth: 11-Mar-1811

Place of Birth: Saint-Lô, Normandy, France

Date of Death: 23-Sep-1877

Profession: astronomer, politician, mathematician, meteorologist

Nationality: France

Zodiac Sign: Pisces


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About Urbain Le Verrier

  • Urbain Jean Joseph Le Verrier FRS (FOR) HFRSE (French: [y?b?~ ??~ ??z?f l? v??je]; 11 March 1811 – 23 September 1877) was a French astronomer and mathematician who specialized in celestial mechanics and is best known for predicting the existence and position of Neptune using only mathematics.
  • The calculations were made to explain discrepancies with Uranus's orbit and the laws of Kepler and Newton.
  • Le Verrier sent the coordinates to Johann Gottfried Galle in Berlin, asking him to verify.
  • Galle found Neptune in the same night he received Le Verrier's letter, within 1° of the predicted position.
  • The discovery of Neptune is widely regarded as a dramatic validation of celestial mechanics, and is one of the most remarkable moments of 19th-century science.

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