Talk:Clyde Tombaugh

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The caption under the photo of Tombaugh is not at Lowell. It's likely his home in Kansas. The telescope pictured is the first successful one he made and it helped get him the job at Lowell. -Liam McDaid — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:39, 12 September 2011 (UTC)


The latest edit has changed "...discovered Pluto..." to "discovered the dwarf planet Pluto..." While it's true that Pluto has been demoted, it could be understood as meaning it was always considered a dwarf planet. I think it's cleaner to just say "discovered Pluto." Let the Pluto article deal with its travails from 'unidentified thing' to 'planet' to 'dwarf planet.' Boxjam 00:36, 25 August 2006 (UTC)

I like the article, but can you include more about family life???

reliable source?[edit]

The article says:

"I have seen three objects in the last seven years which defied any explanation of known phenomenon, such as Venus, atmospheric optic, meteors or planes. I am a professional, highly skilled, professional astronomer. In addition I have seen three green fireballs which were unusual in behavior from normal green fireballs...I think that several reputable scientists are being unscientific in refusing to entertain the possibility of extraterrestrial origin and nature." [1]

Is there a verifyable and reliable source for this? Bubba73 (talk), 01:54, 31 December 2005 (UTC)

It's also in the Michael Swords article on Tombaugh in the external references. Dr Fil 11 January 2006
Which one is the Michael Swords one? Bubba73 (talk), 19:08, 11 January 2006 (UTC)
The one that says "Academic paper..." Dr Fil 13 January 2006


A biography of someone reported as leaving a widow ought to include a mention of a marriage. (talk) 18:53, 9 November 2011 (UTC)

Confusing dates and tone of paragraph[edit]

in the section Interest in UFOs, it states "In 1949, Tombaugh had also told the Naval missile director at White Sands Missile Range, Commander Robert McLaughlin, that he had seen a bright flash on Mars in August 1941, which he now attributed to an atomic blast." From the tone of the paragraph, it apparently says that Tombaugh dismisses the flash on Mars as a reflection of an atomic blast. This would be difficult as the first terrestrial atomic detonation didn't occur until 1944. BruceWiley (talk) 16:04, 9 August 2012 (UTC)

It is confusing. It is not clear to me whether he thought the atomic blast was on Earth or on Mars. It so happens that a few days ago I ordered the biography of Tombaugh, and I'll see if that clears it up. Bubba73 You talkin' to me? 17:02, 9 August 2012 (UTC)
Well, I got his biography and there is no mention that I can find of this, nor UFOs, nor green fireballs. Bubba73 You talkin' to me? 04:57, 13 August 2012 (UTC)

Interred vs. interned[edit]

In the paragraph on Tombaugh's death, I removed the "sic" from the transcription of the message on the canister of his ashes attached to the New Horizons space probe. The canister states "Interned herein are the remains..."[1] This is, in fact, the word that was intended; not "interred." From the Latin terra,"interred" means to be buried in the Earth.[2] This makes no sense in the context of space. "Interned," on the other hand, can mean "to confine,"[3] as in an internment camp. The usage on the probe is correct; "sic" is unnecessary. Feline Nursery (talk) 03:57, 14 July 2015 (UTC)

I've removed the "sic" which has since reappeared. Feline Nursery's reason's for deleting it are good. Peter Ells (talk) 23:51, 15 July 2015 (UTC)

One of the links doesn't work properly[edit]

2nd hyperlink at this reference [23] which is obtained by clicking on "the original" in the pop up box is in error -, translated with google translate it has no internal search for Clyde Tombaugh Saparonia (talk) 22:01, 31 December 2016 (UTC)

Thanks. I have changed the reference to suppress the out of date link. Grafen (talk) 09:03, 2 January 2017 (UTC)