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Percival Lowell, The ORIGINAL ‘Mr. Planet X’ & Pluto’s Godfather Was Born Today, 162-Years Ago; March 13, 1855.

by Anura Guruge


The Lowell Observatory, in Flagstaff, Arizona, from which Pluto was discovered was founded by Percival 14-years ahead of the discovery.

He was the original ‘Mr. Planet X‘ who was convinced that there was a 9th planet beyond Neptune.

He also believed that there had been Martians that dug an extensive network of canals on Mars — the Martian Canals!


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As with the discoveries of Pluto and Uranus I talk about Percival Lowell, at length in my 2011 paperback & e-book Devanee’s Book of Dwarf Planets (which is definitely worth looking at (even if I say so myself)). 



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Map of the Martian canals.

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Uranus Was Discovered 236-Years Ago, By British Astronomer William Herschel.

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First planet discovered by a KNOWN person. The other 6 (including Earth) had been known about since antiquity.

First planet discovered with the aid of a telescope.


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As with the discovery of Pluto, I talked about the Uranus discovery in my 2011 full-color, paperback & e-book Devanee’s Book of Dwarf Planets (which is definitely worth looking at (even if I say so myself)). 



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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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