Letters, Feb. 1, 1943

Lowell's Pluto

Sirs:

ALL HONOR TO GREAT LOWELLS (TIME, JAN. 18) BUT PLANET PLUTO DISCOVERED BY FARM BOY CLYDE TOMBAUGH AT LOWELL OBSERVATORY, FLAGSTAFF, ARIZ.

JOHN C. McPHEE

Phoenix, Ariz.

> Percival Lowell did not "discover" Pluto. He figured out that a ninth planet must exist and predicted where it would be, in 1914. He died in 1916. In 1930 the planet was discovered, right where Lowell had said. His brother, in his biography of Percival, calls it "the planet he found but never saw."—ED.

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