This is one of the best posts on Pluto which I have seen in some time. Very Nice!

Astronomy and Law

I would be remiss in my support of my favorite planet if I did not remember the anniversary of its discovery.

Clyde Tombaugh, newly arrived at the Lowell Observatory,  systematically reviewed images of the night sky in pairs of photographs taken two weeks apart using a blink comparator,  He rapidly shifted back and forth between views of each of the plates to create the illusion of movement of any objects that had changed position or appearance between photographs. On February 18, 1930, after nearly a year of searching, Tombaugh discovered, and later confirmed what had been theorized years earlier as Planet X. (Insert eerie 1950’s science fiction movie sound effects).

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/43/ClydeTombaugh2.gif

Years later, I actually met Clyde at the Texas Star Party.  A very nice man indeed, and still as interested in astronomy as when he first started in his backyard with his home made reflector.

A few years ago, the…

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