Skip to comments.How Did Uranus Get its Name?
Posted on 03/20/2017 5:03:02 PM PDT by BenLurkin
Consider the discovery of Uranus. While this planet had been viewed on many occasions by astronomers in the past, it was only with the birth of modern astronomy that its true nature came to be understood. And with William Herschels discovery in the 18th century, the planet would come to be officially named and added to the list of known Solar Planets.
The first recorded instance of Uranus being spotted in the night sky is believed to date back to the 2nd century [sic] BCE. At this time, Hipparchos the Greek astronomer, mathematician and founder of trigonometry apparently recorded the planet as a star in his star catalogue (completed in 129 BCE).
This catalog was later incorporated into Ptolemys Almagest, which became the definitive source for Islamic astronomers and for scholars in Medieval Europe for over one-thousand years.
John Flamsteed, who in 1690 observed the star on six occasions and catalogued it as a star in the Taurus constellation (34 Tauri). During the mid-18th century, French astronomer Pierre Lemonnier made twelve recorded sightings, and also recorded it as being a star. It was not until March 13th, 1781, when William Herschel observed it from his garden house in Bath, that Uranus true nature began to be revealed.
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What does the star ship Enterprise and toilet paper have in common?
That’s kind of a personal question isn’t it? Oh wait. . .
I think it’s the butt of a joke.
Hal Long is a China man.?
Since they’re all named after Greek gods I suppose it was natural to do so? And it’s pronounced You-Rain-Us not Urine-In-Ous (said real fast all together) like PBS did a while back. They were attempting to stay away from the obvious mispronunciation but wound up glaringly pointing to it.
This thread is doomed.
By a homosexual?
Greg Luganus named “Uranus”.
Exactly how big is Uranus?
Because “tucchus” was too hard to spell.
The only thing funnier than calling a planet Uranus is calling a extinct species of human Homo Erectus.
No, properly pronounced Lou-gayness.
They lasted longer than four hours.
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