Edmond Modeste Lescarbault

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The observatory of Edmond Modeste Lescarbault

Edmond Modeste Lescarbault (1814, Châteaudun - 1894), was a French doctor and an amateur astronomer, best remembered for his 1859 supposed observation of the non-existent planet Vulcan.

He graduated and obtained his diploma in 1848. He then started to work as a doctor in Orgères-en-Beauce and worked there until 1872 (the street where he worked is now named after him). A keen astronomer, he built an observatory with a 3.75 inches (95 mm) refractor by his house and began correspondence with various scientific societies. On 26 March 1859 he saw a small object transiting the Sun[1] and having heard of Le Verrier's theory of an intramercurial planet named Vulcan, he wrote a letter to the astronomer and was consequently visited by him in December 1859.[2] Le Verrier announced the discovery on 2 January 1860. Lescarbault became Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur[3] and was invited to appear before numerous learned societies.

His manuscripts, including correspondence with Camille Flammarion, are kept in Bibliothèque Municipale in Châteaudun. He died in 1894.

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  1. ^ "A Promised Transit of Vulcan", The Spectator, 52, p. 336, 15 March 1879
  2. ^ Levenson, Thomas (2015). The hunt for Vulcan: ... and how Albert Einstein destroyed a planet, discovered relativity, and deciphered the universe (First ed.). ISBN 9780812998986.
  3. ^ Archives nationales - Base Léonore https://www.leonore.archives-nationales.culture.gouv.fr/ui/notice/231934. Retrieved 13 September 2021. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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