From the October 2008 issue

Stephen James O’Meara’s secret sky: Defect or discovery?

December 2008: Nearly 200 years before their identification, William Herschel suspected uranian rings.
By | Published: October 27, 2008 | Last updated on May 18, 2023
What I’m about to tell you is not new. Namely, that the German-born British observer Sir William Herschel (1738-1822) suspected rings around Uranus 190 years before astronomers clearly identified them in 1977.