Saturday, March 13, 2010

Planet Uranus Discovered: 1781

While standing in his backyard in Bath, German born Frederick William Herschel discovered an object in the sky which he believed at first was a star or a comet. As Herschel continued to observe and make calculations, he determined the object had a circular orbit and called his discovery the 'Georgian Star', after King George III. Eventually the planet was known as Uranus. In 1782, he was appointed as the King's Astronomer and moved to Datchet. In addition to his work as an astronomer, Herschel was a musician and composer.

Celebrate the heavens today by making an origami star or do some space coloring. Older children can make a solar system hanging mobile and read some facts about all of the planets.

Image credit: (Bryn Mawr)

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