Searching for Neptune

I have been fascinated by the story of the discovery of planet Neptune, a story that started in a backyard in Bath, England, in 1781 and played out in the 1840s across Europe (England, France and Germany).

On July 12, 2011 planet Neptune completed its first full orbit around the Sun after it was first visually discovered in the night of 23 / 24 of September 1846. However, very much unlike other planetary discoveries made until then, and since then, the discovery of Neptune was not by chance. The existence of the planet was predicted from astounding mathematical calculations, performed independently by two brilliant young scientists, Urbain Jean Joseph Leverrier from France and John Couch Adams from England. But the glory of science was soon overcast by the complexity of politics, which almost lead to a diplomatic crisis between France and England.

Searching for Neptune is the film that tells the story.