Spacefiles

Spacefiles

Pluto - Farthest Planet From The Sun
Season 1  |  Episode 12  |  SBS2  |  February 16, 2010

Farthest planet from the Sun, Pluto is so remote and small, it was not found until 1930. The discovery was made by a 24-year-old farmer’s son, Clyde Tombaugh. At the Lowell Observatory, in Flagstaff, Arizona, US, Tombaugh photographed 45 million objects in the cosmos before spotting Pluto. And it was not until 1978 that Pluto’s huge moon Charon was discovered by Jim Christie. It was named after his wife. "Most men promise their wives the moon," she says. "Jim delivered."

Farthest planet from the Sun, Pluto is so remote and small, it was not found until 1930. The discovery was made by a 24-year-old farmer’s son, Clyde Tombaugh. At the Lowell Observatory, in Flagstaff, Arizona, US, Tombaugh photographed 45 million objects in the cosmos before spotting Pluto. And it was not until 1978 that Pluto’s huge moon Charon was discovered by Jim Christie. It was named after his wife. "Most men promise their wives the moon," she says. "Jim delivered."

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