Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Happy 85th Birthday Pluto!

Hey Space Placers!

Today, February 18th, marks the 85th anniversary (OK, I called it birthday) of the discovery of the dwarf planet Pluto by Clyde Tombaugh.

I wanted to share with you this autographed picture of Clyde, artist's rendition of Pluto and its largest moon Charon, and the actual discovery slides.

Clyde gave a talk back in the late 80's at the Chabot Observatory in Oakland, CA and I attended. He was graciously providing autographs and the picture at a minimal charge to help raise funds for the Chabot Observatory so I couldn't refuse.  I need to get a new frame and glass in 2015 so I can hang it while New Horizons is enroute for the historic Pluto encounter.

Clyde was a true gentleman and it is fitting that he is with New Horizons for the Pluto encounter and follow on mission.

Sky Guy in Frigid and Frozen (with worst yet to come) VA

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