“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Burdett in Pawnee County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

Discoverer of Pluto

Discoverer of Pluto Marker image. Click for full size.
Courtesy of Elizabeth Winter, May 2, 2014
1. Discoverer of Pluto Marker
Inscription.  Burdett is the boyhood home of Dr. Clyde Tombaugh, discoverer of the planet Pluto. Born in Illinois in 1906, he grew up on a farm northwest of here and was graduated from Burdett High School in 1925.

During his youth, Tombaugh explored the heavens with homemade telescopes. Later he was hired by Lowell Observatory, Flagstaff, Arizona, and discovered Pluto, the outermost planet in our solar system, in 1930.

During his planet search, Tombaugh photographed 65 percent of the sky and spent 7,000 hours examining about 90 million star images. Besides Pluto, his discoveries included six star clusters, one cloud of galaxies, one comet and about 775 asteroids. Few astronomers have seen so much of the universe in such minute detail.

Dr. Tombaugh earned degrees from the University of Kansas and Northern Arizona University. He concluded his career as an astronomy professor at New Mexico State University.
Erected by Lions Club, Burdett American Legion. (Marker Number 109.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Air & Space.

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38° 11.374′ N, 99° 31.773′ W. Marker is in Burdett, Kansas, in Pawnee County. Marker is at the intersection of Broadway Avenue (Kansas Route 156) and Maple Street, on the right when traveling east on Broadway Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Burdett KS 67523, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 17, 2020, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 128 times since then and 14 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on November 17, 2020, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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