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/German ˈɛŋkə/
Johann Franz. 1791–1865, German astronomer, who discovered Encke's Division in the outer ring of Saturn
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  • Can we learn whether the luminous matter in such nebul is more diffused or less diffused, than that of the comet of encke?

    The Plurality of Worlds William Whewell
  • An explanation of these irregularities was suggested by encke long ago.

    The Story of the Heavens Robert Stawell Ball
  • Look at the orbit of Jupiter, to which encke's comet approaches so nearly when it retreats from the sun.

    The Story of the Heavens Robert Stawell Ball
  • 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
  • A huge comet (encke's, I believe) was flaring all over the sky.

    The Martian George Du Maurier
  • Mercury's mass is found by its disturbing effects on encke's comet whenever it approaches very near.

    Astronomy David Todd
  • encke's comet loses in thirty-three years a thousandth part of its velocity.

    Astronomical Myths John F. Blake
  • But while Olbers became a mathematician because he was an astronomer, encke became an astronomer because he was a mathematician.

  • This object was seen in 1786, and at some subsequent returns, before it was discovered by encke in 1819 to be a periodic comet.

  • encke's comet, of which we have just spoken, appears to be describing such a spiral curve towards the sun.

    The Plurality of Worlds William Whewell

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