Kathleen Lundeen, "On Herschel's Forty-Foot Telescope, 1789"

Kathleen Lundeen, “On Herschel’s Forty-Foot Telescope, 1789”

On 28 August 1789, William Herschel began exploring the cosmos with his forty-foot telescope, which would remain the largest in the world for the next half century. Though the giant instrument gave Herschel and others greater access to the deep space of the cosmos, its cultural impact extended well beyond the realm of science.