William Herschel

Who Discovered Uranus?

Uranus was discovered by British astronomer Sir William Herschel on March 13th, 1781, though it had been observed several times…

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What is Uranus Named After?

Uranus was named in honor of the father of Cronos in Greek mythology, befitting its place in the Solar System…

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Messier 5 (M5) – The NGC 5904 Globular Cluster

In the late 18th century, Charles Messier was busy hunting for comets in the night sky, and noticed several “nebulous”…

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Messier 4 (M4) – The NGC 6121 Globular Cluster

During the late 18th century, Charles Messier began to notice that a series of “nebulous” objects in the night sky…

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The Andromeda Constellation

In the 2nd century CE, Greek-Egyptian astronomer Claudius Ptolemaeus (aka. Ptolemy) compiled a list of the then-known 48 constellations. His…

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Uranus’ “Sprightly” Moon Ariel

The outer Solar System has enough mysteries and potential discoveries to keep scientists busy for decades. Case in point, Uranus…

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Saturn’s Moon Dione

Thanks to the Cassini mission, a great deal has been learned about Saturn’s system of moons (aka. the Cronian system)…

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Saturn’s “Yin-Yang” Moon Iapetus

Thanks to the Cassini mission, a great many things have been learned about the Saturn system in recent years. In…

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Saturn’s “Death-Star” Moon Mimas

Much has been learned about Saturn's system of moons in recent decades, thanks to the Voyager missions and the more…

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The Dwarf Planet Ceres

Located in the Solar System's Main Asteroid Belt, between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, is the dwarf planet Ceres,…

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