William Herschel: A Life in Music and Astronomy

page of written music

A page from Herschel’s manuscript for Symphony No. 15. Courtesy of the British Library

William Herschel is usually known as the discoverer of the planet Uranus. However, many people do not realize that astronomy was his second career. Before working as an astronomer he was a successful musician and composer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Herschel’s 40-foot reflector telescope. Courtesy of Royal Museums Greenwich.

 

He also had many accomplishments in his astronomy career beyond finding Uranus, including two moons of Saturn, comets, and many objects beyond our solar system.

We will have an overview of both careers followed by a show of his many discoveries set to his own music.

 

 

 

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