Gauss and the Discovery of Ceres

  title={Gauss and the Discovery of Ceres},
  author={Eric Gray Forbes},
  journal={Journal for the History of Astronomy},
  pages={195 - 199}
  • E. Forbes
  • Published 1 October 1971
  • Physics
  • Journal for the History of Astronomy
On the evening of 1 January 1801, the celebrated Italian astronomer Giuseppe Piazzi (1746-1826) observed what appeared to bea new star of the eighth magnitude in the constellation Taurus. When he checked this observation on the following evening, he found a slightly different value for the angular distance between this and a neighbouring star which made him doubt the accuracy of his former observation. However, after a further attempt to determine its position during the evening of 3 January… 

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