HOW DID URANUS GET ITS NAME?

The first six planets in the solar system have been visible to observers throughout human history and were named for Roman gods. But because it orbits so far from the sun, Uranus was not visible with the naked eye. In fact, it is the first planet officially identified with a telescope.

“The story of Uranus’ discovery is full of people not realizing what they were seeing,” according to NASA’s Space Place website. “People may have seen Uranus as early as 128 B.C. but, each time they saw it, they said it was a star.”

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