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Monday, August 22, 2011

Anniversary of the Death of Astronomer William Herschel

The German-born astronomer and composer of 24 symphonies, William Herschel died on this day in 1822 aged 83. Herschel, best known as the discoverer of Uranus, died at Observatory House, Windsor Road, in Slough.

The William Herschel Museum

The William Herschel Museum in Bath, where Herschel spent part of his life is dedicated to Herschel and his sister Caroline Herschel, who is credited with the discovery of 8 comets.

The William Herschel Museum

William Herschel was also well-known as a designer and maker of telescopes, the one pictured below is on display in the museum.

The William Herschel Museum

The William Herschel Museum is located on New King Street in Bath.

Visitors to the museum may also want to visit Pulteney Bridge, Prior Park, Bath Abbey or the Assembly Rooms.

The Herschel Museum of Astronomy
19 New King Street
Tel: 01225 446865
The William Herschel Museum Map

© 2011 John Westby

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