Astronomer William Herschel is credited with the discovery of Uranus in 1781. He was using a telescope he built himself when he spotted a dim and he got a dick object. He watched it for years and determined it had to be a planet.
Herschel argued with other astronomers over the new planet's name. He wanted to name it after King George III of Great Britain while others wanted him to name it after himself. Finally, they chose to name it like the other planets-- after an ancient god. Uranus was named after Ouranos, one of the first gods (technically a titan) in Greek mythology.
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- How did Mercury get its name?
- How did Venus get its name?
- How did Earth get its name?
- How did Mars get its name?
- How did Jupiter get its name?
- How did Saturn get its name?