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Clyde Tombaugh: Discoverer of Planet Pluto

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In 1930 astronomer Clyde Tombaugh made the discovery of a lifetime: the planet Pluto. His work remains relevant today as astronomers continue their search for planets in the outskirts of our solar system. This fascinating biography chronicles the life of one of the giants of 20th century astronomy.
Paperback, 232 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Sky Publishing (first published 1991)
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Jan 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
A clear insight into the professional life of Clyde Tombaugh. Author provides a remarkable account showing the tenacity, pragmatic, sensitive and responsible individual which is Clyde. Qualities which can be common in all of us. I was expecting lots of starry eyed wonder upon reading on the discovery of Pluto but it was much more then that. It was a biography of a man whose resilience and intellect paid off in the most remarkable ways especially after his discovery of Pluto planet.
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Jun 13, 2019 rated it liked it
This book is very light on biographical context and very heavy on details of telescope-building and astronomical imagery techniques from the early 20th century.
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Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto in the early 1930s, while working at Lowell Observatory in the southwest United States. At the time, he did not have a college degree - later he got a master's, as if he need a credential to prove his competence.
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David Levy is a prominent astronomer and author, most famous for his co-discovery in 1993 of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, which collided with the planet Jupiter in 1994.

Levy was born in Canada, but now lives in Arizona. He has been involved with astronomy, as an observer, promoter, and author, for his entire adult life. Levy has discovered twenty two comets, given innumerable lectures, television appea
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