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Clyde Tombaugh and Pluto

Started by djharper, 12/16/2011 06:02AM
Posted 12/16/2011 06:02AM Opening Post
Charming NOVA show, The Pluto Files, in which the host visits Tombaugh's widow and children and sees the homemade telescopes Tombaugh made from old tractor parts, lawnmowers and pop cans. Also the stained glass window celebrating his life in his church.

And discusses the controversy about what the heck is the definition of a planet, anyway?

http://video.pbs.org/video/1425502261
Posted 12/16/2011 07:04AM #1
Deb Harper said:

Charming NOVA show, The Pluto Files, in which the host visits Tombaugh's widow and children and sees the homemade telescopes Tombaugh made from old tractor parts, lawnmowers and pop cans. Also the stained glass window celebrating his life in his church.

And discusses the controversy about what the heck is the definition of a planet, anyway?

I met Dr. Tombaugh in Las Cruces, NM when I was a freshman in college. I was riding my bike one day and noticed what looked like an observatory alongside of someone's house. There was a gray-haired, bent-over, older gentleman doing yard work who, when I stopped to look he called me over and introduced himself to me. He gave me a tour of his observatory and even offered me a cold drink. I was in awe the whole time and had to keep reminding myself to not say something stupid or gush too much! I forget his title, but he was a guest lecturer/honorary professor at New Mexico State University. I will never forget that day!

http://video.pbs.org/video/1425502261