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Lexell

[ lek-suhl ]
/ ˈlɛk səl /
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noun

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
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