News Display: Uranus Is Discovered
By: Education Program Gottesman Libraries
Published: 03/01/2017
Uploaded: 04/07/2017
Uploaded by: Education Program Gottesman Libraries
Pockets: Gottesman Libraries Archive, Gottesman Libraries' Education Program, News Displays
Tags: Hershel, scientific discovery, Uranus

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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