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Birthday of Sir William Herschel

Today 266 years ago, on the November 15th 1738, Friedrich Wilhelm Herschel was born in Hannover (Germany). For me personally, Herschel is one of the greatest deepsky observers of all time. He designed and constructed his own telescopes, the best there where at the time he was building them. He was also the first person to observe the deep sky systematically, which resulted in a catalogue of more than 2500 objects, the Herschel catalogue of deepsky objects. On March 13th 1781 he discovered Uranus. If you want to know a little more about this great astronomer, follow this link to read a short biography.

Happy birthday Sir William!


Posted by Math on 11/15 at 03:18 PM
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