The Discovery of Uranus
What were you doing on March 13, 1781? We bet you probably weren’t out there discovering planets, like English astronomer, William Hercshel. Herschel who you’ve probably never heard of, was also a composer when he wasn’t busy making awesome history. Hercshel had been searching for double stars when he stumbled across a disk-shaped object. Though he initially labeled it a comet or stellar disk, Russian Academician Anders Lexell stepped in and took a gander at Herschel’s finding. After computing the orbit, Lexell suggested that it may be a planetary body, one that sat beyond Saturn at 1.8 billion miles or 2.9 billion kilometers from the sun.