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  • A boom in cosmic interest in the 18th and 19th centuries was largelypioneered by "gentleman astronomers" such as William Herschel, who identified Uranus, and William Lassell, who discovered Triton; such enthusiasts could afford to construct their own observatories and telescopes to indulge their curiosity.

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  • William Herschel discovered Uranus and, later, infrared light.

    An Engine of Perpetual Revolution

  • As late as 1800, William Herschel—the same man who discovered the planet Uranus and mapped the boundaries of our galaxy—charted vast forests on the lunar surface and claimed sunspots to be windows into a temperate solar interior.

    The Loneliest Planet

  • William Herschel is chiefly remembered for discovering the planet Uranus in 1781.

    A Far-Seeing Family

  • Then in 1781, the English astronomer William Herschel saw a new world beyond Saturn.

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  • Only three men in history had ever discovered a planet within our solar system — William Herschel in the 1780s (Uranus), Johann Galle in the 1840s (Neptune) and Clyde Tombaugh in the 1930s ( … or maybe not).

    The Man Who Made a Planet Vanish

  • Holmes describes how 18th-century musician-turned-stargazer William Herschel inspired fear by widening the universe.

    If you are fascinated by science . . .

  • The earliest systematic survey, done in the late 1700s, was by William Herschel, who built his own telescopes and moved them methodically across the sky, up and back, making what he called “sweeps.”

    A Grand and Bold Thing

  • Klaproth named the new element uranium after the planet Uranus that had been discovered by William Herschel eight years earlier, named after Uranos, the Greek god of the heavens.

    Klaproth, Martin Heinrich

  • It is now more than 200 years since the great astronomer William Herschel observed a correlation between wheat prices and sunspots.

    Are crops under stress because of cooling???


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