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William Herschel
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    (November 15, 1738-August 25, 1822)
    Born in Hanover, Germany
    Birth name was Friedrich Wilhelm Herschel
    Discovered the planet Uranus (1781)
    Also discovered two moons of Saturn and two moons of Uranus.
    Named the King's Astronomer(1782)
    A founder of the Royal Astronomical Society (1820)
    He proposed calling the new planet Georgium Sidus, Latin for George's Star, to honor King George III.
    He speculated that the sun had a cool surface protected from its hot atmosphere by an opaque layer of clouds and that it was inhabited by a race of beings with enormous heads.
    Insert jokes about 'finding your anus' here.
    He was the first astronomer to determine that the solar system is moving through space.
    He discovered infrared radiation.
    A successful music teacher and composer, his interest in music led him to mathematics and then to astronomy.

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