Bode's law

[boh-duh z]
noun Astronomy.
  1. a numerical scheme that gives the approximate distance from the sun of the seven inner planets but fails for Neptune and Pluto (now considered a dwarf planet).

Origin of Bode's law

1825–35; after Johann E. Bode (1747–1826), German astronomer, though probably first formulated by Johann D. Titius (Tietz) (1729–96)
Also called Titius-Bode law. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for bode's law

Bode's law

  1. astronomy an empirical rule relating the distances of the planets from the sun, based on the numerical sequence 0, 3, 6, 12, 24,…. Adding 4 to each number and dividing by 10 gives the sequence 0.4, 0.7, 1, 1.6, 2.8,…, which is a reasonable representation of distances in astronomical units for most planets if the minor planets are counted as a single entity at 2.8

Word Origin for Bode's law

named after Johann Elert Bode (1747–1826), who in 1772 published the law, formulated by Johann Titius in 1766
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