Uranus: The Father of Saturn

On March 13, 1781, the British amateur astronomer and telescope-maker William Herschel discovered of the planet Uranus! In 1781 only five other planets were known to be in our solar system ( Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn) all of which can be seen with the naked eye.  Uranus is named after the mythological father of Saturn although Herschel had wanted to name it after the English King George III – his benefactor!