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Clyde Thombaugh Site
(1906-1997) is well in the astronomer hall of fame. He was the final
discoverer of planet pluto after many years of research. When
he was 22 he had a home-made 9 inch reflector that he used to makde drawings
of Saturn and Jupiter from. After sending his pictures to Lowell
Observatory for critique, he was immediately offered a position as astronomical
photographer. Later, his research gained him another position as
researcher, and his goal was to find the infamous Planet X, which would
later be Pluto. Finally, on March 12, 1930, Pluto was discovered.
Afterwards, Clyde continued to discover things. He discovered a comet,
five open clusters, globular cluster, and a supercluster of galaxes stretching
from Andromeda to Perseus. Clyde took leave for war, and in 1945 was dismissed
from Lowell and in 1946 began working at White Sands Proving Grounds.
He worked on fledgling space programs. Then, he founded the astronomy
program for New Mexico State University after retiring in 1973.
August 28, 1998.
unless otherwise credited, are credit of M. Mathis, 1998.