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Clyde Tombaugh

Clyde Visits Pluto

When future KU alum Clyde Tombaugh discovered “Planet X” (now known as Pluto) in 1930, he never could have believed that he might one day visit the (dwarf) planet. But that happens this month as the New Horizons spacecraft, with Clyde’s ashes aboard, reaches Pluto. Launching on January 19, 2006, it’s taken over nine years to reach…
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84 Years Later, Tombaugh Story Still Engages

He was a farm boy in Burdett, KS, with a peculiar hobby. He liked to make telescopes and search the skies. Excited to soon be entering the University of Kansas as a new student, Clyde Tombaugh’s dream was postponed due to a hailstorm that took out the family crop and made it impossible for him…
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He probably didn’t realize how important the month between January 21 and February 18, 1930 would be. Clyde Tombaugh described the first night within the Lowell Observatory as the “worst seeing in my life before or since,” when he made a photographic exposure of Planet X.  He made exposures two more nights, January 23rd and…
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