William Herschel: Biography & Contributions to Astronomy


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What nationality was William Herschel?

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1. What notable discovery or invention allowed Herschel to leave his job as a musician and become a full-time astronomer?

2. What position did King George III appoint William Herschel to after his most famous discovery?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

See what you know about William Herschel with this worksheet/quiz combo. Topics include his nationality and a discovery that allowed him to become a full-time astronomer.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These key points will be addressed:

  • A formal position Herschel was given after his famous discovery
  • Planets he discovered moons around
  • Catalogue of nebulae created by Herschel

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on some facts about William Herschel
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding a catalog of nebulae that was founded by Herschel
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about his most important discovery and his nationality

Additional Learning

For more, review the lesson entitled William Herschel: Biography & Contributions to Astronomy. Pay attention to these study points as you go along:

  • Herschel's early career in music
  • His development of one of the strongest telescopes at the time
  • Details about his work in astronomy and his contributions to the science
  • Honors he received for his work