Herschel meaning

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Family of British astronomers, including Sir William Herschel (1738–1822), who discovered Uranus (1781) and cataloged more than 800 double stars and 2,400 previously unknown nebulae and other deep-sky objects. His sister Caroline Herschel (1750–1848) assisted in his work and discovered numerous comets. His son Sir John Frederick William Herschel (1792–1871) cataloged nearly 2,000 more deep-sky objects and conducted notable research on light, photography, and astrophysics.
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1792-1871; Eng. astronomer, chemist, & physicist: son of Sir William.
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(born Friedrich Wilhelm Herschel) 1738-1822; Eng. astronomer, born in Germany.
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Family of British astronomers led by Sir William Herschel (1738–1822), who discovered Uranus (1781) and cataloged more than 800 binary stars and 2,500 nebulae. His sister Caroline Herschel (1750–1848) discovered eight comets and several nebulae and star clusters, and published at least two astronomical catalogs which are still currently used. His son Sir John Frederick William Herschel (1792–1871) discovered 525 nebulae and pioneered celestial photography.
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(astronomy, obsolete) The planet Uranus. In use until the mid-19th century as an alternative to Georgium Sidus after King George III.
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Origin of herschel

  • After its discoverer, Sir William Herschel
    From Wiktionary