Topic: William Herschel

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  • Man and Mars through history

    A look back over centuries at man's attempt to uncover information about the 'Red Planet.'Sources: NASA, American Museum of Natural History, and Scientific American

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  • On 'Cosmos,' Patrick Stewart lends voice to Uranus discoverer

    Veteran actor Patrick Stewart, who portrayed Enterprise-D Captain Jean-Luc Picard on "Star Trek: The Next Generation," voiced an animated version of astronomer William Herschel, who discovered our solar system's seventh planet. 

  • Man and Mars through history

    A look back over centuries at man's attempt to uncover information about the 'Red Planet.'Sources: NASA, American Museum of Natural History, and Scientific American

  • Five myths about Mars

    No planet in our solar system has been linked to more misconceptions than Mars, where NASA's Curiosity rover is scheduled to touch down on Sunday night. Here are the five most persistent myths about the Red Planet.

  • In Pictures Space photos of the day: In Technicolor

    The NASA image captured by the Hubble Space Telescope on Aug. 10, 2008 shows a small portion of the Tarantula nebula near the star cluster NGC 2074. The region is a frontier of raw stellar creation, perhaps triggered by a nearby supernova explosion. It lies about 170,000 light-years away from Earth and is one of the most active star-forming regions in our local group of galaxies.

  • Scientists plan Uranus probe

    Cool Astronomy Scientists plan Uranus probe

    Proposed by British scientists as a joint effort of NASA and the European Space Agency, the mission would offer the first close-up view of Uranus in 25 years.

  • Neptune nears completing its first orbit since its 1846 discovery

    Neptune nears completing its first orbit since its 1846 discovery

    Neptune has come almost full circle since it was first discovered in 1846, and on Aug. 20, it will be in a straight line with the sun and the Earth.

  • In Pictures Space photos of the day 07/20

    This majestic view taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope tells an untold story of life and death in the Eagle nebula, an industrious star-making factory located 7,000 light-years away in the Serpens constellation. The image shows the region's entire network of turbulent clouds and newborn stars in infrared light. The color green denotes cooler towers and fields of dust. Red represents hotter dust thought to have been warmed by the explosion of a massive star about 8,000 to 9,000 years ago.

  • Ingredients for life detected in deep space

    Cool Astronomy Ingredients for life detected in deep space

    Astronomers using the William Herschel Telescope in the Canary Islands and the Hobby-Eberly Telescope in Texas have detected anthracene, a complex organic molecule that can produce the building blocks of life.

  • Need help finding Uranus?  For the next few months, it'll be next to Jupiter.

    Need help finding Uranus? For the next few months, it'll be next to Jupiter.

    With a clear sky and a good pair of binoculars, you should have no trouble getting a glimpse of Uranus.