Bode's law

noun

Bo·​de's law
ˈbōdəz-
: an empirical rule of astronomy: the approximate relative distances of most of the planets (excluding Mercury and Neptune but including the asteroid Ceres) from the sun are given in terms of the astronomical unit by means of the formula D=0.3(2)(n−1) + 0.4 where D is the distance and n is the number of the planet in order outward from the sun (such as Venus=1)

Word History

Etymology

after Johann E. Bode †1826 German astronomer

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“Bode's law.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Bode%27s%20law. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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