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Here are the top ten articles for the Astronomy Site! These rankings are live and get reset at the beginning of each month, so check back often to see what your fellow visitors are most interested in!
1. Why it took so long to discover Uranus
The sky is full of stars, and since prehistoric times humans have known of five nomads – planets – wandering among them. No individual discovered those planets, for they're there for all to see. So why was the sixth one – now called Uranus – not known until 1781?
2. Moons of Uranus – Facts for Kids
William Herschel was the first person ever to discover a planet. In 1781 he discovered the planet which was named Uranus for the ancient Greek sky god. Although Uranus has at least 27 moons, most of them weren't discovered until the Space Age.
3. Halley's Comet
Every 75 years or so a very special member of the Solar System swoops close to the Sun, becoming visible in our skies like a cosmic ghost. Read about Halley’s Comet, the most famous comet of all.
4. Cosmonauts - Birth of the Space Age
The starter's pistol for the space race was fired on October 4, 1957. It was in the form of a small highly-polished sphere that orbited the Earth every 98 minutes. This was the Soviet Union's Sputnik, Earth's first artificial satellite. It shook up the United States, and there was more to come.
5. Fascinating Facts about Saturn's Moons
Saturn lies in the outer Solar System, ten times farther away from the Sun than Earth is. It's best known for its fabulous ring system, but it also has an amazing system of moons including ring shepherds and a moon that could possibly sustain primitive life.
6. European AstroFest 2018 – Astronomy Potpourri
European AstroFest 2018, billed as “The Universe under One Roof”, was held in the Kensington Conference and Events Centre in London. The conference program included talks on dark matter, gravitational waves, asteroid impacts and wintering in White Mars.
7. William Herschel
A professional musician named William Herschel was the first person in history to discover a planet. Later, as a professional astronomer, Herschel studied the stars and deep space objects to try to understand “the construction of the heavens.” He was one of the fathers of modern astronomy.
8. Heroes of the Revolution – Doodles
For umpteen centuries people thought the Earth was the center of the cosmos. In the 2nd century AD, this view was the foundation for Ptolemy's Almagest and it persisted into the 18th century. But it wasn't unchallenged, there was a revolution in the making.
9. Jean-Dominique Cassini
The Cassini Mission to Saturn is one of NASA's best known undertakings. For nearly thirteen years it's sent images and data back from the ringed planet and its moons. But who was the Cassini who gave his name to the spacecraft?
10. Bode and Bode's Law
Johann Elert Bode, the author of the greatest star atlas of the Golden Age of star atlases, is better known today for Bode's Law. Strangely, Bode's Law is neither a law nor original to Bode. So what was it? How did it inspire the Celestial Police? How did Neptune ruin it all?
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