The Discovery Of Uranus By William Hershel

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The discovery of Uranus by William Hershel was not what he had set out to do. He loved observing the night skies and wanted to discover something that no one else had. He chose to study the dark spots on the Sun and find out if there were dark spots on variable stars. The questions he wanted answers to were whether variable stars had dark spots? Did they rotate on an axis? What are the spots on the sun? Do they play any role in the lives of earth’s inhabitants? He also went on to study the rotation of the planets. As he was studying this, he made an observation. He found a light in the sky that he thought was a comet. As he continued to observe the light, he realized that it was a planet, and named it after King George the third.

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