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March 13, 1781
Seventh Rock from the Sun
British astronomer Sir William Herschel spies the sun's seventh planet, Uranus, while surveying stars with his self-built telescope. Though the celestial body had been observed previously and was thought to be a star, Herschel's observations showed a moving object, which he initially described as a comet. The third largest planet in our solar system, Uranus is given the Greek mythological name for the father of Saturn.
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