It is currently Thu Feb 20, 2020 9:02 am

Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 2 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: Pluto's discovery
PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 10:47 am 

Joined: Mon Jan 09, 2006 11:05 am
Posts: 5341
Location: Lancashire
It was on this day in 1930 that astronomer, Clyde Tombaugh, on examining a photographic plate he had exposed, under a blink microscope, discovered Pluto against a starry background.
Tombaugh was stationed at the Lowell Observatory in Arizona at the time, and he confirmed what Percival Lowell had suspected, that wobbles in the orbits of Uranus and Neptune indicated the existence of an unknown body exerting a gravitational pull on the two gas giants.
Pluto has been relegated to minor planet status, but is there a case for giving this body full planetary status again if only to conform to the strength of its name?
In Greco-Roman mythology, Pluto ( or Hades to the Greeks ) is a brother of Zeus, hence he is a very powerful deity. Assigning Pluto as a pip-squeak minor planet to him seems disproportionate to his Olympian status.


Last edited by brian livesey on Tue Feb 26, 2019 12:21 pm, edited 1 time in total.

 Profile Send private message  
 Post subject: Re: Pluto's discovery
PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 11:09 am 

Joined: Tue Dec 05, 2017 11:53 am
Posts: 538
I think Pluto is apt

Image1.jpg [ 173.47 KiB | Viewed 705 times ]

Celestron 8" Edge HD Evolution, Esprit 120mm triplet, 72mm APO, Sky Tee 2, 6" reflecting scope, William Optics Binoviewer, Quark Daystar Ha Chromosphere on 72mm ED, LVW8mm eyepiece and Celestron 19mm Axiom, matched W.O 10 and 20mm, and a few others, D4s, D810,

For info, I am Autistic, Aspergers, ADHD, therefore if I come over as a little "short" on occasions it is not intended, thank you

 Profile Send private message  
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 2 posts ] 

All times are UTC

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 4 guests

You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group