According to this website, the planets Uranus, Neptune and Pluto were mentioned in the Mahabharata. The site cites the following verses:

Vishesheena hi Vaarshneya Chitraam Pidayate Grahah….[10-Udyog.143]

Swetograhastatha Chitraam Samitikryamya Tishthati….[12-Bheeshma.3]

The above verses is said to be talking about the planet Uranus.

The following verses are said to be talking about the planet Neptune:

Shukrahah Prosthapade Poorve Samaruhya Virochate Uttare tu Parikramya Sahitah Samudikshyate….[15-Bheeshma.3]

Syamograhah Prajwalitah Sadhooma iva Pavakah Aaindram Tejaswi Naksha- tram Jyesthaam Aakramya Tishthati…[16-Bheeshma.3]

And these verses are said to be talking about the planet Pluto:

Krittikaam Peedayan Teekshnaihi Nakshatram…[30-Bheeshma.3]

Krittikasu Grahasteevro Nakshatre Prathame Jvalan…… [26- Bhishma.3]

Are these claims authentic and hold any scriptural basis? Do any scripture "apart from the Mahabharata" talk about the planets Uranus, Neptune and Pluto?

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    Highly unlikely. According to Wikipedia: "Neptune is too dim to be visible to the naked eye: its apparent magnitude is never brighter than 7.7. Therefore, the first observations of Neptune were only possible after the invention of the telescope." Dec 30 '17 at 17:27
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    the modern definition of planet is not same as 'graha'. Earth is not a graha but it's a planet. Sun is a graha but it's not a planet.
    – mar
    Dec 30 '17 at 22:16
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    Without sounding pompous - the knowledge of the ancients in Bhatavarsha was quite advanced. They may have had powerful instruments similar to telescopes and may have had knowledge of Neptune, Uranus and Pluto. Modern scientific knowledge is still too shallow and one of the axioms is "We know more than our ancient ancestors." Modern science rubbishes UFO stories. One abductee Betty Hill from New Hampshire narrated that a needle was inserted into her navel - a pregnancy test - by the aliens and was promptly dubbed a hoax because no such test exited in 1961. Isn't that what laproscopy tests do? Jan 3 '18 at 7:48

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