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/German ˈɛŋkə/
Johann Franz. 1791–1865, German astronomer, who discovered Encke's Division in the outer ring of Saturn
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  • A huge comet (encke's, I believe) was flaring all over the sky.

    The Martian George Du Maurier
  • An explanation of these irregularities was suggested by encke long ago.

    The Story of the Heavens Robert Stawell Ball
  • Its elliptic orbit was calculated by encke, who found its period to be only about three years and four months.

    Comets and Meteors Daniel Kirkwood
  • This proved to be identical with the third comet of 1819, whose period was computed by encke to be about 5½ years.

    Comets and Meteors Daniel Kirkwood
  • Mercury's mass is found by its disturbing effects on encke's comet whenever it approaches very near.

    Astronomy David Todd
  • One of the smallest comets and the briefest in its period round the sun is known as encke's comet.

    Astronomy David Todd
  • encke's comet loses in thirty-three years a thousandth part of its velocity.

    Astronomical Myths John F. Blake
  • encke's comet, on the other hand, has a period of three and a third years which is the shortest cometary period known.

    Astronomy for Young Folks Isabel Martin Lewis
  • This object was seen in 1786, and at some subsequent returns, before it was discovered by encke in 1819 to be a periodic comet.

  • The selection of a name was left by the discoverer to Professor encke, who chose that of Astra.

    The Asteroids

    Daniel Kirkwood

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