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Pluto, The Dwarf Planet, Was Discovered 87-Years Ago, By 24-Year Old Clyde Tombaugh, On February 18, 1930.

by Anura Guruge


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Pages from my 2011 full-color, paperback & e-book “Devanee’s Book of Dwarf Planets” (which folks still buy on occasion). 

I paid a royalty fee to the Lowell Observatory to be able to include the original Clyde Tombaugh plates in the book.



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plutodogThis epic discovery, just 2-weeks after Clyde Tombaugh had turned 24, was a BIG deal. The patience and diligence required to spot a small object that had moved, using the ‘Blink Comparator‘, was monumental. These days this is all done in seconds using computers.

Disney’s ‘Pluto’ was named after the new planet — and came to be 7 months later.

How ‘Pluto’ came to be ‘Pluto’ is also quite a cute story and I narrate it all in THE book.

Pluto‘ is NEVER naked eye visible. So, I can’t ask you to go outside and look for Pluto, But, this about Pluto and Clyde Tombaugh today.

Latest composite, color-enriched image of Pluto from NASA’s ‘New Horizon‘.

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by Anura Guruge

PBS’ New “Dancing On The Edge” Is Quite The 1930s British Drama (Made By The BBC).

by Anura Guruge


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When I saw an ad. for the show, on PBS, I wasn’t sure what to expect in terms of a story. Thought it might end up with an anemic story line just as an excuse to showcase a lot of 1920/1930 black jazz music in Britain. But, I went ahead and recorded it BECAUSE we had seen references to such a black jazz band, of that era, both in “Downton Abbey” & “Mr. Selfridge“.

Today we watched Episode 1 (from Sunday). It exceeded all expectations. It was a good story. Illuminating and compelling. Ironically timely too — post Brexit with ‘Hate Crimes‘ on the rise. This episode highlights the persecution and discriminations black encountered in Britain in the 1930s (which in the scheme of things wasn’t that long ago). Goo jazz music too.

More like PBS’ “Call the Midwife” than “Downton” — and that is not a bad comparison. If you liked “Midwife” or “Home Fires” you would love this. Same ‘texture’. We are definitely looking forward to Episode 2 — and by ‘we’, I include my “Downton” & “Mr. Selfridge” connoisseur, 10-year old Teischan.

So definite ‘two thumbs up’ and my toes too for this show.


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by Anura Guruge

Vintage Metal Bookcase File Boxes, Made by ‘Capitol’ In The 1930s — For Sale.

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Perseids Meteor Shower, Which Typically Peaks August 12 – 13, Has Already Started. 6 Major Meteors Spotted Already.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Perseids on August 12, 2007 from NASA.


Perseids are the repeatedly left behind debris from the periodic comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle.

109P/Swift-Tuttle has an orbital period of 133.28 years and was last around in 1992. Its next trip to the Sun, perihelion, will be in 2126. It has an perihelion distance of 0.96 AU (i.e., just inside Earth’s orbit) and an aphelion of 51.2 AU — which takes it past Pluto.

The name, as explained in the post referenced above, comes from the constellation Perseus — where the meteors appear to originate.



From my ‘Comets: 101 Facts & Trivia’ book.

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Possible Meteor Shower June 13, 2013, A Shower, Gamma Delphinid, That Has Not Been Seen Since 1930.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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