William Herschel

Discovered Uranus, 4 Moons & Infrared radiation in sunlight

Sir Frederick William Herschel was born on the 15th November 1738 in Germany and died on the 25th August 1822 in England at the age of 84 years.

Astronermony became a clear interest for William Herschel and he began to explore the field in 1773, which inspired him to construct a telescope in 1774. Through many years of investigating the double star (stars that appeared very close together visually) William Herschel became known as 'court astronomer' after his discovery of planet Uranus on the 13th March 1718.

William Herschel discoverys didn't stop there,he also discoverd two moons belonging to the planet Uranus. These moons are called Oberon and Titania. The descoverey happen on the 11th January 1787. With a few more years passing William Henshal Discoved two more moons belonging to the planet Saturn. The first moon Enceladus was found on 28th August 1789 and 20 days later on the 17th September 1789 Mimus was discovered.

William Herschel is also known for his discovery of the infrared radiation in sunlight on the 11th February 1800.


There wasn't a great amount of technology around the 17th and 18th century. However William Hercshel constructed more then four hundred telescopes. Including the largest and most famous telescope being a reflecting telescope.


William Herschel has an impact on our society by using his skills and interest in astrometry it allowed him to construct a telescope which presented us with 5 discoveries of the solar system which includes the planet Uranus and four moons Oberon, Titania, Enceladus and Mimus.