The Legacy of Le Verrier

  • James Lequeux
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 397)


Le Verrier discovers the planet Neptune by his calculations, September 1846: plan for a painting on the ceiling of the East circular hall of the Paris Observatory, by Edmond Louis Dupain (1889). Le Verrier, standing, points to Neptune while Glory (or Fame) brings a laurel crown. The names of some of the other persons visible on the painting are indicated at the bottom right corner. To the left, at the desk, are Otto Struve and Arago under the statue of Laplace, with the large dome of the East tower behind them. In the foreground, at the bottom, is possibly Faye; the person with the powder wig seated at the other table may be Lalande or Lemonnier. Galle looks at Neptune through a telescope


Celestial Mechanic Terrestrial Magnetism Paris Observatory Royal Astronomical Society Archaeological Society 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • James Lequeux
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  1. 1.Paris ObservatoryParisFrance

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