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November 6th, 2012, 20:59
Originally Posted by Alrik Fassbauer View Post
Uranus with the stress on the first syllable is the correct German pronounciation.
Since Herschel was of German origin, he might have called this planet like how he would pronounce it in his mother language.
But it wasn't Herschel who came up with the name "Uranus". It was Johann Elert Bode (german astronomer) who suggested the name that was eventually chosen. There seems btw to be a connection between Uranus" and Uranium, since - according to Wikipedia - "Bode's Royal Academy colleague Martin Klaproth named his newly discovered element "uranium" in support of Bode's choice"

Actually, both pronounciatioins are accepted by astronomers, but the on stressing the 'U' is the most common one.

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