William Herschel

Who is William Herschel?

William Herschel was a German-born British astronomer.

Herschel became interested in astronomy in 1773, and after constructing his first large telescope in 1774.

Dates of discoveries:

Uranus:13 March 1781


1st discovery,Uranus

in 1781 William Herschel discovered Uranus, the seventh planet from the sun. Herschel’s discovery of a new planet was the first to be made in modern times, and also the first to be made by use of a telescope, which allowed Herschel to analyze Uranus as a planet, not a star, as previous astronomers believed.