Neptune—From Grand Discovery to a World Revealed

William Sheehan, Trudy Bell (NASW member), Carolyn Kennett, Robert Smith, Eds.
Springer International Publishing

Neptune’s 1846 discovery is among the most celebrated in astronomy. Neptune was not seen first through a telescope. It was located using Isaac Newton’s theory of universal gravitation. In Neptune: From Grand Discovery to a World Revealed, NASW member Trudy Bell and colleagues provide perspective on both astronomy’s past and recent research suggesting a possible “Planet Nine” still further away.

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