oort

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Oort (ɔːt)
 
n
Jan Hendrick. 1900--92, Dutch astronomer, who confirmed (1927) and developed the theory of galactic rotation. He was the first to propose (1950) the existence of a mass of comets orbiting the sun far beyond the orbit of Pluto (the Oort cloud)

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oort

noun
Dutch astronomer who proved that the galaxy is rotating and proposed the existence of the Oort cloud (1900-1992) 
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