Science: Earthlings and X

The U. S. Press, with characteristic gusto, last week continued to lionize the new trans-Neptunian planet (TIME, March 24). Equally characteristic were despatches from England stating that British astronomers doubted the discovery, despatches from Germany referring laconically to "the Comet Lowell," despatches from France stating.that French astronomers had discovered over 100 planetoids during the past year.

British skeptics, headed by Dr. J. Jackson of the Royal Observatory at Greenwich, based their doubts on the following: > Planet "X" has not the magnitude* predicted for it by the late Professor Percival Lowell;...

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