September 23, 1846 CE – Astronomers Discover Neptune

September 23, 1846 CE – Astronomers Discover NeptuneRate this post *Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons After first being sighted in the night sky by Galileo in 1612, it took well over two centuries for scientists to determine the bright object near Jupiter in the famous Italian’s notes was not a star. Urbain Le Verrier and Johann Gottfried Galle, working together on the European continent, and John Couch Adams, making calculations independently in England, learned the heavenly body was actually the planet Neptune on September 23, 1846. In the early 1600s, as Galileo first began to utilize the telescope to look to the heavens and describe what he observed, the lenses he […]