Clyde W. Tombaugh, Discoverer of Pluto

  • Neil English
Part of the Historical & Cultural Astronomy book series (HCA)


Can it be a coincidence that many of the most preeminent amateur astronomers to emerge in the United States during the early twentieth century were born into rural communities? We will shortly explore some of the work of the late Sky & Telescope columnist, Walter Scott Houston, who was born and raised in Tippecanoe, Wisconsin. Then there is Leslie Peltier, the great comet and variable star observer, whom we met in the last chapter, who lived his entire life among the strawberry fields of Delphos, Ohio. And that list wouldn’t be complete without Clyde W. Tombaugh, who hailed from a farmstead, just seven miles from the town of Streator, Northern Illinois. In this vast open country, where fields would stretch from horizon to horizon, the glory of the night sky would have been made manifest to their young, curious eyes, stoking an early passion for all things astronomical (Fig. 32.1).


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  • Neil English
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  1. 1.Fintry by GlasgowUK

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