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Caroline Herschel 1781 Astronomer


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Caroline Herschel 1781 Astronomer

"On Tuesday, 13 March 1781, slightly before midnight, (William) Herschel spotted a new and unidentified disc-like object moving through the constellation of Gemini. This discovery would change his entire career, and become one of the legends of Romantic science."

That object, Uranus, was the first new planet discovered in more than a thousand years.

Because Herschel worked in tandem with his younger sister Caroline, he and she were both eventually granted yearly research stipends from the...
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