William Herschel discovered Uranus, and it was completely by accident. In 1781, while using one of his powerful home-made telescopes to survey a region of the sky in the constellation Taurus, he noticed that one star seemed a little larger than the rest. When he checked up on it again a few days later, he found that it had moved which helped confirm that it was actually a new planet. Although he tried to name it after his King, George the third, the astronomical community eventually settled on naming it “Uranus”, after the greek god of the sky (who they believed had created the universe, and fathered the Titans).
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