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The Satellites of Uranus

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On January 11, 1787, about six years after he had discovered the seventh planet, William Herschel also identified the two largest Uranian satellites using his 40 ft (12 m) reflecting telescope at Slough. He numbered them, but abstained from individual names (1788, “An account on the discovery of two satellites revolving round the Georgian Planet,” in: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, 78, 364–378). He later reported the discovery of another four satellites, one interior to, one intermediate between and two exterior to the two he identified originally (ibidem vol. 1798, PTRSL 88, 47–79). However, these four satellites were later found to be nonexistent; perhaps he confused them with stars.

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(2010). The Satellites of Uranus. In: Solar System Moons. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-68853-2_4

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