Discovery and namin2

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Discovery and naming Titania was discovered by William Herschel on January 11, 1787, the same day he discovered Uranus' second largest moon, Oberon . [1] [9] He later reported the discoveries of four more satellites, [10] although they were subsequently revealed as spurious. [11] For nearly fifty years following their discovery, Titania and Oberon would not be observed by any instrument other than William Herschel's, [12] although the moon can be seen from Earth with a present-day high- end amateur telescope. [8] All of Uranus' moons are named after characters created by William Shakespeare or Alexander Pope . The name Titania was taken from the Queen of the Fairies in A Midsummer Night's Dream . [13] The names of all four satellites of Uranus then known were suggested by Herschel's son John in 1852, at the request of William Lassell ,
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Unformatted text preview: [14] who had discovered the other two moons, Ariel and Umbriel , the year before. [15] Titania was initially referred to as "the first satellite of Uranus", and in 1848 was given the designation Uranus I by William Lassell, [16] although he sometimes used William Herschel's numbering (where Titania and Oberon are II and IV). [17] In 1851 Lassell eventually numbered all four known satellites in order of their distance from the planet by Roman numerals , and since then Titania has been designated Uranus III . [18] Shakespeare's character's name is pronounced / t t n j / , but the moon is often pronounced / t a t e n i / , by analogy with the familiar chemical element titanium . [2] The adjectival form, Titanian, is homonymous with that of Saturn's moon Titan ....
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