Artwork of William and Caroline Herschel

Artwork of William and Caroline Herschel

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This image is part of the feature 10 Women Scientists Who Changed The World

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Caption: William and Caroline Herschel. Coloured historical artwork of the German-British astronomers Sir Frederick William Herschel (1738-1822) and his sister Caroline Lucretia Herschel (1750-1848). They are making the observations which led to the discovery of the planet Uranus in 1781. William financed the construction of this 50cm telescope with which he also discovered two satellites of Uranus (Titania and Oberon) and two of Saturn (Mimas and Enceladus). Caroline helped to prepare his catalogues and reports. She found 8 new comets between 1786-97, 3 new nebulae in 1783 and revised Flamsteed's star catalogues to make it easier to use. Artwork from Astronomie Populaire (1880).

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Keywords: astronomer, astronomy, caroline, caroline william herschel, discoverer, historical artwork, planet, portraits, surname h, telescope, uranus discovery, william

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