Ten fun facts about William Herschel
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Frederick William Herschel was born in Hanover, Germany on 15 November 1738 and died on 25 August 1822.
He went into the Military Band of Hanover like his father, before going to Britain at the age of 19.
He became well known for his finding of the planet Uranus and its 2 major moons Titania and Oberon. He also discovered the 2 moons of Saturn.
He was also the first person to notice the presence of infrared radiation.Fact 5
He is well known for the 24 symphonies that he composed.Fact 6
Herschel's music was an inspiration to his interest in mathematics and lenses. His curiosity for astronomy grew stronger after he met the English Astronomer Royal Nevil Maskelyne.Fact 7
He began building his own reflecting telescopes and spent up to 16 hours a day grinding and perfecting the speculum metal primary mirrors.Fact 8
During his career, he built more than 400 telescopes and the largest and most known was a reflecting telescope with a 49 and half inch diameter primary mirror and a 40 foot focal length.Fact 9
Herschel learnt that unfilled telescope apertures could be used to get high angular resolution, something which became the crucial basis for interferometric imaging in astronomy.Fact 10
Herschel used a microscope to ascertain that coral was not a plant, as it was believed at that time since it didn’t have the cell walls, a characteristic found in plants. Click here for more people facts ❯
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