4 February 2012

Shakespeare and Uranus

I have just read an interesting article on Uranus in a magazine. Apart from learning about certain technical features of the planet, I have also learnt that Uranus has 27 moons! I guess that this is something I learnt while I was at school, but I guess I had forgotten. 

It´d be very interesting to think about what it´d be like to live on a planet with 27 moons! Whenever I take a look at our beautiful Moon, I think of how short our life is. Generations come and go, but the Moon stays there. One day we will pass away, we will be forgotten, but the Moon will be on its place, observing it all.

Uranus is not observed by just one moon. 27 moons pay attention to every single movement of the planet and make sure that all goes according to plan. Certainly, William Shakespeare and Alexander Pope would be very happy to know that Uranus´moons were named after their characters. Here they come:
Ariel, Umbriel, Belinda appear in Pope´s poem entitled The Rape of the Lock

And the rest of the moons were named after characters from the works of William Shakespeare:

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