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Nevertheless the hypothesis of Olbers has not held its ground.A Popular History of Astronomy During the Nineteenth Century
Agnes M. (Agnes Mary) Clerke
Vesta was discovered by Dr. Olbers, on the 29th of March, 1807.
The elements of the former are by Olbers; those of the latter by Mechain.Comets and Meteors
Olbers at once surmised that these two planets were fragments of a larger one, and kept an eager look out for other fragments.
In 1807 the persevering search of Olbers resulted in the discovery of another, with a very oblique orbit, which Gauss named Vesta.