NMSU Library and NMSU Department of Astronomy to celebrate Clyde W. Tombaugh’s legacy

On February 18, 1930, 90 years ago, Clyde William Tombaugh – a young technician newly hired by the Lowell Observatory – discovered the planet Pluto. This incredible deed made history and brought worldwide recognition to the aspiring astronomer who eventually played a crucial role in establishing an astronomy graduate program at New Mexico State University.

Please join us to celebrate Tombaugh’s legacy and modern planetary science on

Wednesday, February 26th at 6:00pm, 3rd floor Zuhl Library,
New Mexico State University campus

The program includes a panel discussion with distinguished guest speakers:
Alden Tombaugh, son of Clyde W. Tombaugh,
Kevin Schindler, Lowell Observatory historian
Kurt Anderson, NMSU Astronomy professor emeritus
Lyle Huber, NMSU Astronomy planetary data analyst and archivist
Dennis Daily, NMSU Library head of Archives and Special Collections
Tiffany Schirmer, NMSU Library digital collections specialist

There will be an exhibition of Tombaugh’s documents, photographs, and optical instruments.

Refreshments and stargazing will follow the panel discussion.

This event is co-hosted by the NMSU Library and the NMSU Department of Astronomy.

For more information, contact Monika Glowacka-Musial at 575-646-4707 or monikagm@nmsu.edu


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