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Question to Sir John Herschel

Sir, Why did your heart jump when you mistook NGC2867 for a planet? Would not the distance from the Ecliptic immediately rule it out as one ?? Or am I missing something ?Best Regards Wes ...
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NGC 2867 was discovered by John Herschel from the Cape of Good Hope on April Fools Day, 1834. Herschel was almost fooled into thinking it was a new planet. Its size and appearance were certainly planet-like, and it was only after careful checking that Herschel was convinced it was a nebula.
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Sir, Why did your heart jump when you mistook NGC2867 for a planet? Would not the distance from the Ecliptic immediately rule it out as one ?? Or am I missing something ?Best Regards Wes ...
stumbled across this one last Friday Night.
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NGC 2867 was discovered by John Herschel from the Cape of Good Hope on April Fools Day, 1834. Herschel was almost fooled into thinking it was a new planet. Its size and appearance were certainly planet-like, and it was only after careful checking that Herschel was convinced it was a nebula.
Maybe the dogma that a planet must be on the ecliptic wasn't as strong as it is today.?
Don't forget Pluto is 17 off the plain of the solar system
We now know that there are planets floating about the galaxy without a parent star.
Just some points in Herschel's favor.
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A question to Sir John Herschel

I thought I would attempt to capture "Herschel's Folly" and tonight being on the anniversary of it's discovery,I am compelled to make mention of it here.Thanks Sir John, I doubt NGC2867 has changed much visually in the preceding 183 years but our telescopes have .You would be impressed I think.
Here's the address to my image posted last week.
http://www.iceinspace.com.au/forum/s...d.php?t=181808
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