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SCIENCE FACT Literary Moons All 27 moons of Uranus are named after characters created by William Shakespeare and Alexander Pope (specifically from his poem, “The Rape of the Lock”). Its five largest moons are Titania, the eighth-largest moon in the solar system, and Oberon, both discovered by William Herschel in 1787, six years after he realized Uranus was neither a star nor a comet; Umbriel and Ariel, discovered in 1851; and Miranda, with its unusual geographic scarring, found in 1948. The first four moons were all named by Herschel’s son,…

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