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June 11 2016 Astronomy Newsletter

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Zodiac Constellations - Quiz
How well do you know the constellations of the zodiac? They are the oldest of the constellations. Here's a little quiz for you to test your knowledge. It's complete with answers and some additional facts about the zodiac constellations.

*Birth anniversaries*
June 5, 1819: John Couch Adams was a prominent English astronomer. He is best remembered for his mathematical prediction of the location of a previously unknown planet that was disturbing the orbit of Uranus. Independently, French mathematician Urbain LeVerrier made a similar calculation, but from LeVerrier's prediction Neptune was discovered at the Berlin Observatory.
Who Discovered Neptune?

June 8, 1625: Giovanni Domenico Cassini (also known as Jean Dominique Cassini) was born in Italy, but later settled in France. He was the director of the Paris Observatory for many years. Among his many achievements were his studies of Saturn, including the discovery of four of Saturn's moons. This was the inspiration for the name of NASA's Cassini Mission to Saturn.
Cassini Mission and Website

June 9, 1812: Johann Gottfried Galle, a German astronomer, was working at the Berlin Observatory when he discovered the planet Neptune using the information that Urbain LeVerrier sent him.
Uranus and Neptune Twin Planets

*Beautiful new stamps*
The US Post Office has issued a beatuiful set of stamps based on images of the planets and a set comemmorating the historic fly-by of dwarf planet Pluto by the New Horizons spacecraft.

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