Johann Galle
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Johann Gottfried Galle (1812 - 1910)

Johann Gottfried Galle
Born in Prabsthause, Prussiamap
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Died in Potsdam, Brandenburg, Germanymap
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Galle discovered the planet Neptune in 1846 after mathematician Urbain Le Verrier predicted its existance and asked him to examine a certain section of sky. Galle acknowledged Le Verrier as the discoverer Neptune.[1] Galle also discovered 3 comets, championed the planetoid observations for determining the solar parallax and discovered a new ring of Saturn.[2]

In 1977, a statue of him was erected in his home town of Grafenhainichen, close to where he was born.[1]

A crater on the Moon and a crater on Mars have been named after him. He is also the namesake of a ring of Neptune and an asteroid, 2097 Galle.[1]

2 sons, Andreas & Georg.[1]

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