Bode's law


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Bode's law

(bəʊdz)
n
(Astronomy) astronomy an empirical rule relating the distances of the planets from the sun, based on the numerical sequence 0, 3, 6, 12, 24,…. Adding 4 to each number and dividing by 10 gives the sequence 0.4, 0.7, 1, 1.6, 2.8,…, which is a reasonable representation of distances in astronomical units for most planets if the minor planets are counted as a single entity at 2.8
[named after Johann Elert Bode (1747–1826), who in 1772 published the law, formulated by Johann Titius in 1766]
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Bode's Law states that assigning Mercury as the zeroth planet and adding 0.
The theory is called Bode's Law, or the Titius-Bode Law, named after Johann Daniel Titius and Johann Elert Bode in 1766.
Bode's law did predict a planet in the asteroid belt for reasons still not understood, but Bode did not observe it.
A few months later, the discovery was published in a book by the somewhat better known German astronomer Johann Elert Bode, and it came to be called Bode's law.
Six years later, the German astronomer Johann Elert Bode (1747-1826) popularized that series, which came to be known as Bode's law.
Here, the two mathematical astronomers had to lean uncomfortably on the semi-empirical Bode's Law, a rather dodgy formula just a shade away from numerology, which had somehow worked for the first seven planets and the asteroid belt (see "Bode's Law," page 34).