At a glance: Big discoveries

By From page B2 | March 13, 2013

Escabar_MimiUranus, the seventh planet from the Sun and the third largest by diameter, was discovered by Sir William Hershel on March 13, 1781. The planet is named after the ancient Greek deity of the heavens. Herschel made the discovery while systematically searching the sky with his telescope. It had actually been seen many times before but thought of as a star. Herschel named it “the Georgium Sidus” to honor his patron King George III of England. The mythological name came into common use in 1850.

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