Sir William Herschel


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Noun1.Sir William Herschel - English astronomer (born in Germany) who discovered infrared light and who catalogued the stars and discovered the planet Uranus (1738-1822)Sir William Herschel - English astronomer (born in Germany) who discovered infrared light and who catalogued the stars and discovered the planet Uranus (1738-1822)
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1738: Astronomer Sir William Herschel, who discovered Uranus, was born in Hanover.
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1738: Astronomer Sir William Herschel, who |discovered Uranus, was born in Hanover.
According to Dreyer's The Scientific Papers of Sir William Herschel, the Herschels recorded the position of NGC 4209 as crossing the meridian 1 minute 18 seconds of time after NGC 4196, just 2 minutes to its north.
In 1781, the seventh planet of the solar system, Uranus, was discovered by Sir William Herschel.
John Franklin (1786-1847) named the island on 15 July 1826, during his second voyage in the Canadian Arctic, after Sir William Herschel (1738-1822), his sister Caroline Herschel (1750-1848), and his son John Herschel (1792-1871), one of the most distinguished scientific families of the time (Burn, 2009).
Mark Bratton is a very experienced Canadian amateur who has made a point of observing visually all available entries in the catalogue of some 2,500 objects compiled by the great pioneer of deep sky astronomy, Sir William Herschel. He has done so from a variety of observing sites; predominantly from Quebec and Saskatchewan, but also with brief trips to New Mexico and Chile.
Designed to observe the sky at infrared wavelengths, it is named after leading astronomer Sir William Herschel, who discovered infrared light about 200 years ago.
Sir William Herschel, arguably the father of observational astronomy, discovered Uranus by accident, using his home-made telescope, on 13 March 1781.