discovery of pluto

Naming Pluto’s Moons: Will it Come Down to Trekkies Versus the IAU?

by David Dickinson February 18, 2013

As reported here on Universe Today last week, the SETI Institute has invited the public to vote on the names of Pluto‚Äôs 4th and 5th moons. Discovered in 2011 and 2012 respectively, researcher and co-discoverer Mark Showalter will take these names before the International Astronomical Union (IAU) after voting closes on February 25th, 2013. But […]

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When Was Pluto Discovered?

by Fraser Cain November 27, 2009

Five of the planets are visible with the unaided eye and have been known about for thousands of years. Uranus was discovered in 1781, and Neptune was found in 1846. but when was Pluto discovered? Pluto was discovered February 18th, 1930 by Clyde Tombaugh at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona. Now that Uranus and […]

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Who Discovered Pluto?

by Fraser Cain November 27, 2009

Pluto is incredibly faint. You need a powerful backyard telescope to even see it as a dot, so it’s not surprising that Pluto wasn’t discovered until the modern age. Who discovered Pluto? That was the astronomer Clyde Tombaugh, who found Pluto on February 18, 1930. Tombaugh worked as an astronomer at the Lowell Observatory in […]

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