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Diagram of paths taken by the 2 Voyager spacecraft Featured Uranus Print

Diagram of paths taken by the 2 Voyager spacecraft

Diagram showing the paths taken by the two Voyager spacecraft. Voyager 1 (orange track) was launched on 5 September 1977; it encountered Jupiter on 5 March 1979 & Saturn on 12 November 1980, then turned sharply & headed out of the Solar System along a path at 90 degrees to the plane of the ecliptic (the plane in which the planets orbit the Sun). Voyager 2 (red track) was launched on 20 August 1977, before Voyager 1; it visited Jupiter on 9 July 1979, Saturn on 25 August 1981, Uranus on 24 January 1986, Neptune on 24/25 August 1989, & is now heading towards the edge of the Solar System. Both Voyagers will travel close to nearby stars in about 40, 000 years

© JULIAN BAUM/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Herschels discovery of Uranus, 1781 Featured Uranus Print

Herschels discovery of Uranus, 1781

Discovery of Uranus on Tuesday 13 March 1781, recorded in written notes by the German-born British astronomer William Herschel (1738-1822). The notes record that he looked at the region around the star Pollux (Beta Geminorum), and noticed a curious either nebulous star or perhaps a comet'. Herschel, working in Bath at the time, reported this object to others, and further observations determined it was a new planet. This made Herschel famous. He received the Copley Medal, was elected to the Royal Society, and was appointed King's Astronomer by George III. For the full page of notes, see image V700/0161

© ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Solar system, 1893 Featured Uranus Print

Solar system, 1893

Solar system. Diagram of the solar system, based on the astronomical knowledge at the end of the 19th century. The Sun is at centre. The orbits of the planets out to Saturn are shown, as well as the asteroid belt (marked insminor planets) between Mars and Jupiter. The orbits of two comets are also shown, as well as the moons and rings of Jupiter and Saturn. The planetary orbits are to scale, though the orbits of the moons are not to scale. Two other planets had been discovered by this time (Uranus and Neptune), but are not shown. Halley's comet was identified as periodic in the 17th century. Faye's comet had been discovered more recently, in 1843. Artwork from Pioneers of Science (Oliver Lodge, 1893)

© SHEILA TERRY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY