Faculty Publications

Title

“Foundling Of Percival Lowell”: The Saga of Naming Pluto

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Clyde Tombaugh, Herbert Turner, Lowell Observatory, Oxford University, Pluto, Venetia Burney Phair

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage

Volume

23

Issue

1

First Page

2

Last Page

25

Abstract

Two motion pictures present conflicting accounts of how Pluto got its name. For the first time, letters and telegrams are presented that argue for the less-frequently cited version. Published accounts of naming Pluto are compared with the recollections of colleagues who knew Clyde Tombaugh, the last-living person involved in the naming process, with whom the subject was discussed.

Department

Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Original Publication Date

1-1-2020

Repository

UNI ScholarWorks, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

Language

en

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