Bode's law

noun Bo·de's law \ ˈbōdəz- \

Definition of Bode's law

: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)

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Origin and Etymology of bode's law

after Johann E. Bode †1826 German astronomer


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