This planet is one of the most distant of our system, being about 1,800,000,000 of miles, or if a person were to count 200 every minute for ten hours a day, he would be about 42 years in counting the distance of this planet from the sun. It performs its journey round tue sun in about 84 years, or its year is equal to 84 of ours. It is 86 times as large as our planet, and its diameter is 35,000 miles. Six satellites attend it, and revolve round it from east to west. It was discovered by Sir Wm. Herschel in 1781; and he christened it Georgium Sidus, in honor of the reigning king; other astronomers called it after its discoverer, Hersckel, and UI'am,s is the name by which it is now generally known.
This article was originally published with the title "Uranus" in Scientific American 13, 10, 75 (November 1857)