Wednesday, 13 March 2013


On 13 March 1781 the astronomer William Herschel announced the discovery of a new planet. Since ancient times only 5 other planets were known, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. Herschel wanted to name the new planet Georgium Sidus after the British king George III. Not surprisingly his proposal did not get much support in other countries! The new planet was named Uranus after an ancient Greek god of the sky.