|News Display: Uranus Is Discovered|
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Description/Abstract: News Display: Uranus Is Discovered, Monday, 3/13
March 13, 1791 marks the discovery of the planet Uranus by the German-born English astronomer William Hershel. Uranus is the third largest planet, comprised of hydrogen, helium, and methane and the seventh planet from the sun -- a huge gas giant surrounded by moons which orbits the sun just once every eight-four Earth years. Hershel called the new planet "Georgian Star" in honor of King George III and was later knighted for his amazing discovery and went on to make telescopes.
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