Clyde W. Tombaugh


The planet Pluto, discovered by Clyde Tombaugh of Burdett on March 13, 1930, has been officially recognized by the astronomers of the United States Naval Observatory at Washington.  However, an organization of professional astronomers decided in 2006 that Pluto, as small as it is, is not a planet of the first class.  They now list it in a second ranking of planets, as a "dwarf planet."  Tombaugh graduated from Burdett Rural High School in 1925.  He made his first telescope, and what he initially learned of astronomy was among the currant bushes on his family farm.  In the fall of 1928, he went to Flagstaff, AZ, and was put in charge of the new 13 inch telescope at the Lowell Observatory.

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