Planet - Uranus

Today in Astronomy History
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August 21, 1560
Tycho Brahe becomes interested in astronomy.

August 21, 1665
French-Italian astronomer and mathematician, Giacomo Filippo Maraldi, is born. Giacomo Maraldi figured out that the corona seen during a solar eclipse belonged to the Sun and not the Moon.

August 21, 1972
US orbiting astronomy observatory Copernicus is launched.

August 21, 1995
American astrophysicist, Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, dies. Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar with William A.Fowler won the 1983 Nobel Prize for Physics for formulating the theory on the later evolutionary stages of massive stars.

Welcome to Planet Uranus
A website about the planet Uranus

Named after the Greek god of the sky, Uranus is a gas giant which is visable to telescopic viewing. The Uranus was the first planet discovered in modern (non-classical) times by Sir William Herschel on March 13, 1781. It is also the first planet discover with a telescope as opposed to the naked eye.

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