Thursday, February 8, 2024

Question: What was the original name of Uranus?

Answer: Astronomer William Herschel discovered the planet in 1781 and named it Georgium, for Britain’s then-reigning King George III. Astronomers from other countries wanted to keep the pattern of planets being named for gods, so they chose Ouranos, for the Greek god of the sky. For generations since, students have enjoyed hearing about Uranus.