[ lek-suhl ]
/ ˈlɛk səl /
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Astronomy. a comet that passed closer to the earth than any other comet (1770), but now has an orbit that is too distant from the earth for it to be observed.
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Origin of Lexell
First recorded in 2000–05; named after Anders Jean Lexell (1740–84), Finnish-born Russian mathematician, who calculated its orbit
Words nearby Lexell
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How to use Lexell in a sentence
Lexell was the first to suspect that this was a new planet eighteen times as far from the sun as the earth is.History of Astronomy|George Forbes
Its form and extent might be greatly changed after the manner of Lexell's comet.The Asteroids|Daniel Kirkwood
A famous example of this kind of planetary horse-play is furnished by the story of Lexell's missing comet.Curiosities of the Sky|Garrett Serviss
The adventures of Lexell's comet have long served to exemplify the effects of Jupiter's despotic sway over such bodies.
This possibility seemed to be realized by Chandler's identification of Brooks's and Lexell's comet.