Share this entry

Bessel, Friedrich Wilhelm Line breaks: Fried|rich Wil|helm Bes¦sel
Pronunciation: /ˈbɛs(ə)l/

Definition of Bessel, Friedrich Wilhelm in English:

( 1784–1846), German astronomer and mathematician. He determined the positions of some 75,000 stars, obtained accurate measurements of stellar distances, and following a study of the orbit of Uranus, predicted the existence of an eighth planet.

Definition of Bessel, Friedrich Wilhelm in:

Share this entry

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day confidant
Pronunciation: ˈkänfəˌdant
noun
a person with whom one shares a secret...