I chose “Astronomy: Discovery of Uranus by William Herschel in 1781” as the topic for my research. I found that William Herschel was many things, including a musician, composer, teacher, and astronomer. William also built his own telescopes to look into the night sky. During one of his searches, he found something odd; it wasn’t a nebulous star or comet, but something different. It turned out to be a planet which he named “Georgium Sidus” or Georges star in honor of George III. The motivation for the discovery was his love of the heavens. He and his sister had found many objects in the night sky including several comets. I am positive that Herschel had relied on the work of others but the articles didn’t specify. The reason I am positive
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He explains that people would look at this sky all the time, and that's how the realized something interesting happened, such as the star. He said that Jupiter passed Venus, and when the biggest star and brightest star passed over each other, it was the brightest star in the universe. When this happened and people looked at the sky, this became The Star of
William Herschel was the first to notice this odd object and was curious to find out more. This odd object, Uranus, was the first planet in recorded history to be discovered. The discovery of Uranus was just the beginning of William Herschel’s discoveries. He left his work with music and became
Herschel, an amateur astronomer, was not seeking to discover a new planet. Besides general curiosity, his motivations appear to be money, prestige, and power. He was looking for double stars as a way to measure stellar parallax. He had built his own 7ft reflector telescope which he moved to his house in Bath. There he discovered what would later be called Uranus.
The discovery of Uranus was a pretty big achievement for the astronomical world. It showed many that there was the possibility of many other planets existing in our solar system past Saturn. There wasn’t really that much thought put into identifying other planets past Saturn since almost everyone did not think that there would be planets out there. This all changed after William Herschel’s discovery in 1781. While it does mark an important achievement for the astronomical world, I do not think that he was really intending on finding a new planet, since it was generally accepted that there were not more for the past 2,000 years.
“Rosetta”, an article written by Michael DuRoss that talks about, as Michael DuRoss states, (2015) ” Rosetta, the first space probe to go into orbit around a comet”, to inform people about a significant probe journey and mission. The Rosetta space probe was launched on March 2, 2004 and arriving at the comet “67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko” on August 2014, making it a ten year journey. The main mission was to learn about the comet as it came closer and circled the sun.
What was the motivation that led to the discovery? William Herschcel was self-motivated. He discovered Uranus with a telescope that he built himself. One night as he was surveying stars he noticed that some stars seemed different, and after he began to observe it many more times he noticed it orbited the sun. This lead to the discovery of Uranus and two of its moons.
The Journey of Benjamin Franklin’s Success Knowing someone who is in a constant state of progression and in quest of perfection comes by every now and then. Benjamin Franklin was known as one of these people. In his life he has been through different obstacles that could have easily stopped him from becoming one of the most well-known American Citizen to this day. Franklin aimed to achieve perfection even though he knew it was physically impossible. He was in a constant state of improvement throughout his life and always tried his best in what he did.
Galileo made many discoveries in his lifetime. One of the many things Galileo discovered was that the moon is not soft and smooth. In fact the moon has craters and valleys like Earth. He also found out that the heliocentric theory is true. When he was looking into the night sky he saw Venus and saw that it has phases just like the moon.
Hershcel documented the movement of this comet but discovered it was moving too slow. After making some calculations, he realized he had discovered a new planet. On the website, Universe Today, it read about naming the planet, “Herschel’s original plan was to name this new planet after King
Exploration of discovery can allow for the development of an understanding of the idea that texts have the ability to certify or challenge presumptions and beliefs about features of human experiences and the world. Some texts allow for the journey of exploration to be present and experienced. This journey allows for discovery to occur. The discovery can be anything from emotional, self or unplanned. This allows for the concept of discovery to surprising and challenging, while either affirming or challenging previous presumptions and beliefs, permitting the audience to go on a journey of discovery with the characters within the text.
Today communication is simpler than it was many years ago. We can call and text anyone in the world with just a tap of our finger. Over a hundred years ago people had to handwrite letters and send them in the mail. This changed thanks to Samuel F.B. Morse. He simplified the telegraph machine and invented the Morse Code.(pbs.org).
He sought out the philosophical meaning behind everything Kepler did. He demonstrates Kepler’s impact through the plethora of writers who were dazed by Kepler's Complex mind and wrote books and articles about him.. Kepler’s most well-known book, Astronomia Nova, had such a great impact on the world of astronomy, it is considered one of the great reformers of the ‘astronomical revolution”. “He argued that an astronomer must seek hypotheses that not only predict the phenomena accurately, but are also physically plausible, and this principle served him well in his warfare on Mars”(236). Kepler inspired many writers and philosophers to think in more complex
Herschel first believed that Uranus was a comet. This belief was likely due to Uranus’s unique orbit and it appears like a greenish dish through a telescope. Prior to Uranus being discovery Herschel was using his telescope to study heavenly structures and the evolution of celestial bodies. He was looking for intelligent life living on the Sun, moon and planets. It was a common believe at the time that God made intelligent
Today virtually every child grows up learning that the Earth orbits the Sun, but four centuries ago the heliocentric solar system, where the Earth orbits the Sun, was so controversial that the Catholic Church classified it as a crime of heresy (UCLA). In the age of early philosophy, Socrates’ is well known. Between the Socratic method and his line of successful students, Socrates’ makes the history books. Galileo Galilei turned astronomers on their heads when he discovered moons around Jupiter. Giordano Bruno didn’t back down from any of his brilliant and different ideas.
In their words, it was “mov[ing] in a relatively circular orbit, not the parabolic or elliptical orbits characteristics of comets.” Before Herschel’s discovery the solar system only consisted of five planets. This was a first in 225 years. Uranus is “1.78 billion miles from the Sun, tracing a path about 19 times farther from the Sun than Earth follows.” With this discovery astronomers