William Herschel – Discoverer of the Deep Sky - The epochal work of the greatest visual observer and his talented sister Caroline

Jun 19 2021 19:30 - 21:30

The lecture by Dr. Wolfgang Steinicke describes the epochal work of William and Caroline Herschel. It focuses on deep-sky objects, visually observed between 1774 and 1817 with various telescopes. Most of these were discovered in the monumental campaign (1783-1802), aided by his talented sister. 2500 nebulae and star clusters were published in three catalogs. William’s exploration of the skies from southern England also covered binary stars and objects in the solar system - with the height of the Uranus discovery in 1781. However, the man of German descent was far more than just an observer. He constructed large telescopes, developed new methods, and pondered the nature and evolution of cosmic objects, resulting in a revolutionary view of the structure of the Milky Way.

Wells and Mendip Astronomers believe Space is or Everyone! 

Our goal as an astronomy society is to engage with local astronomy and space enthusiasts to enjoy, share and develop their interests and skills. Our aims extend to increasing public awareness and outreach events at this very important time for science and space exploration through our programme of events, talks and star parties.

We would like to welcome anyone interested in astronomy; whether you are a  beginner or experienced astronomer - young or old. We will do our best to help, so please come and join us. 


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