Who Found Planet PLUTO ?
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Asked by pravin singh, 19 Mar '08 04:14 pm
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My parents coz they jumped to earth from PLUTO.Answered by Vijay Thirugnanam, 19 Mar '08 04:16 pm
Due to Pluto's immense distance from Earth, it was not discovered until 1930. Furthermore, its discovery was a serendipity, credited toward a fortunate accident. The curiosity for a planet beyond Neptune began with a man named Percival Lowell, who believed that there exists a "Planet X" somewhere in the outer reaches of our solar system, based on calculations done with the study of the motions of Uranus and Neptune. Lowell funded three searches for the Planet X and set up the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona. The first two searches turned up nothing, but efforts continued. On the third search, Dr. Vesto Slipher, the observatory director hired a young 24-year-old man from Kansas named Clyde Tombaugh to assist in the endeavor. Tombaugh conducted a survey of the sky by taking sets of photographs, each one to two weeks apart. Any shifting of any object against the backdrop of the stars indicated the presence of a planetary body. Through this repeated procedure, the pla ...moreAnswered by Vishnu Prakash, 19 Mar '08 04:37 pm
American astronomer Clyde W. Tombaugh discovered in 1930.Answered by Joseph Chacko, 19 Mar '08 08:07 pm