Herschel Was a Musician When He Discovered Uranus

William Herschel may be remembered as an outstanding observer and telescope maker, but it was not always so. While Herschel had always been interested in astronomy, he was a professional musician when he discovered the planet Uranus in 1781, which was what brought him to the notice of the professional astronomers of the day.

As a result, he was introduced to King George III, who awarded him a salary and official recognition.

 Uranus Recognised as a Planet

 Uranus Discovery by herschel

However, Uranus was not a new discovery at all- it had been observed many times before, but it was always thought to be just another star. Herschel was just the first to recognize it as a planet.

Learn more about William Herschel by Nola Taylor Redd, Space.com Contributor