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The Georgian Star, Michael Lemonick's latest book
The Georgian Star, Michael Lemonick's latest book

Press Release - 17 February 2009

Uranus and beyond

In the spring of 1781, William Herschel discovered the planet Uranus, using a homemade telescope in the back garden of his house in New King Street, in Bath.

For the world of astronomy, it was an astonishing find - the first new planet ever found.

Michael Lemonick will be looking at Herschel’s discoveries and those of his sister Caroline, who helped him construct theories on the nature of the universe, at a lecture at the University of Bath next Wednesday (25 February) .

Mr Lemonick, is a freelance science journalist and a lecturer at Princeton University.

He said: “Towards the end of the 1700s, a musician turned astronomer discovered the planet Uranus, using a home-made telescope from his back garden in Bath. This is what William Herschel is best remembered for--but it's among the least of his contributions to astronomy.”

Mr Lemonick’s lecture is the latest in the series of GULP lectures (General University Lecture Programme). Other lectures in the General University Lecture series include:

All lectures are free and open to the public and start at 5:15pm at the Lecture Theatre 8 West 1.1

Admission and parking is free in the west car park at the Claverton Campus.

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