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The "first ruler of the universe" revealed this week on The Storyteller's Night Sky



Uranus makes its closest approach to Earth. The ghost of the elusive planet with the naked eye.

The reason Uranus with the naked eye is so exciting it because of the telescope or binoculars.

William Herschel discovered Uranus in 1781. Though he was born in Germany, Herschel migrated to England at the age of 19 as a musician, and did not start his serious astronomical research until he was in his 30s.

When he discovered Uranus, Herschel had come to honor his patron, King George of England with the discovery, suggesting to his colleagues that they call the new planet "Georgium sidus" (the Georgian planet). But this was in the 1780s, and at the time, King George was not looking for a popular guy, what with the rebellion of his feisty American colonists and the French spoiling for revolution.

It was German astronomer Johan Elert Bode who first suggested the name Uranus for the planet, but this name did not achieve common use for another 50+ years!

The Uranus (The Sky) is the son of Gaia (Earth) Uranus, who was the first ruler of the Universe, covered Gaia on every side and became, in time, the abode of the gods. "

Herschel died in England in 1

822, at the age of 84, which coincidentally is the same number of years it takes his planet, Uranus, to complete one orbit of the Sun. Look for Uranus in the southeast this week, a blue-green dot among the stars of Pisces.


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