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The Georgian Star: how William and Caroline Herschel invented modern astronomy

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February
272009

13:00 - 14:00

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The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG

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In the spring of 1781, William Herschel discovered the planet Uranus, using his homemade telescope in the back garden of his house at 19 New King Street, in Bath. For the world of astronomy, it was an astonishing find - the first new planet ever found. But Herschel himself considered it relatively unimportant compared with his true quest: to understand, with the help of his sister and collaborator Caroline, the very nature and evolution of the universe itself.

Speaker: Michael Lemonick, author of The Georgian Star

The Georgian Star: how William and Caroline Herschel invented modern astronomy

Public lecture by Michael Lemonick, author of The Georgian Star

The Royal Society, London 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK