Timeline Uranus

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Uranus  is the ancient Greek deity of the Heavens, the earliest supreme god. Uranus was the son and mate of Gaia the father of Cronus (Saturn) and of the Cyclopes and Titans (predecessors of the Olympian gods).
Uranus has 21 named moons and six unnamed ones.
If the Sun were a pumpkin one foot in diameter, Uranus woul be a plum about 2050 feet away.
    (SFEC, 4/30/00, Par p.9)

1738        Nov 15, Sir William Hershel, British astronomer who discovered Uranus, was born.
    (HN, 11/15/98)

1781        Mar 13, Astronomer William Herschel discovered the planet Uranus, which he named 'Georgium Sidus,' in honor of George III. He initially though it was a comet. It is the 7th planet from the sun and revolves around the sun every 84.02 years. It is 14.6 time the size of Earth and has five satellites.
    (AHD, p.1408)(HFA, '96, p.26)(AP, 3/13/98)(HN, 3/13/99)

1787        Jan 11, Titania and Oberon, moons of Uranus, were discovered by William Herschel.

1787-1948    William Herschel and other astronomers spotted 5 moons circling Uranus during this period.
    (SFC, 12/23/05, p.A4)

1977        Mar 10, The rings of Uranus were discovered.
    (HN, 3/10/98)

1986        Jan 24, The Voyager 2 space probe swept past Uranus, coming within 50,679 miles of the seventh planet of the solar system. Uranus has puzzled scientists ever since the probe Voyager 2 did the flyby and found that its magnetic field appeared to break the planetary rulebook. In 2004 scientists noted that Neptune and Uranus have an interior structure that is different from those of Jupiter and Saturn.
    (AP, 1/24/98)(AP, 3/12/04)

1994        Aug 14, Space telescope Hubble photographed Uranus with rings.

1997        A computer simulation by Jack Lissauer of NASA showed that the motions of Uranian moons Juliet, Cressida and Desdemona would lead to collisions in some 500,000 years.
    (SFC, 12/23/05, p.A4)

1999        May, Astronomers discovered an 18th moon circling Uranus.
    (SFEC, 7/23/00, p.A15)

2005        Dec 22, Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope reported the discovery of 2 new moons and 2 new rings circling Uranus.
    (SFC, 12/23/05, p.A4)

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