Johann Franz. 1791–1865, German astronomer, who discovered Encke's Division in the outer ring of Saturn

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Historical Examples of encke

  • 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.


    David Todd