Daniella Ferretti / Discovering Neptune: A simple dotted line

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From an observatory in Berlin, on the night of September 23, 1846, the astronomer, Johann Galle, and his student, Heinrich d’Arrest, made a brilliant discovery.  Confirming their mathematical calculations, the pair discovered the planet, Neptune.

Illustrating the auspicious moment for the scientific magazine, Principia, illustrator, Daniella Ferretti, created this imaginative composition of the two scientists placing their new discovery into the solar system.  With a simple dotted line, Ferretti communicates the newness of the recently-discovered planet’s path around the sun.

 

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