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Exactly 85 years ago, on March 13, 1930, the discovery of a new planet was officially announced, and it was soon named Pluto. However, a tragedy occurred in 2006 and Pluto was deprived of planetary status. Now it is just a dwarf planet with perhaps the saddest fate in the history of astronomy.
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At the beginning of the 20th century, the American astronomer Persivals Louels was convinced of the existence of the ninth planet in the solar system, but could not prove it. However, suspicion existed for many years, during which time the potential celestial body was called Planet-X.
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Pluto was discovered by Clyde Tombo, a 23-year-old American, only on February 18, 1930, but March 13 was considered the official opening time when Tombo telegraphed his discovery to the Harvard College Observatory.
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The right to give a name to the new celestial body belonged to the Louela Observatory. Suggestions began to come from all over the world, and Louela’s widow Constance was the most active – she offered the names Zeus, Persivals and Constance, but these proposals were not supported.
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The name Pluto was first proposed by 11-year-old schoolgirl Venis Childney of Oxford, who was fascinated not only with astronomy but also with ancient mythology, and thought that the Roman version of the Greek god of the underground kingdom, Pluto, would be as far and dark as the new planet.
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For many years, Pluto was the ninth planet in the solar system, but at the end of the twentieth century, various other celestial bodies began to be discovered, including those larger than Pluto. On August 24, 2006, the International Union of Astronomers coined the term “planet” and Pluto ceased to belong to it – along with Erid and Cerer, it was placed in the category of dwarf planets, obtaining the banal serial number 134340.
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Today, scientists have discovered other celestial bodies, and it has been hypothesized that there could be more than eight planets in the solar system, one of which is Xena. For the time being, the Earth is also considered a planet.
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By the way, March 13 is in any case an important date in the history of astronomy, because on March 13, 1781, the English astronomer William Herschel discovered Uranus. It was the first planet to be discovered by telescope, the first time since ancient times that the solar system has been expanded in the eyes of humans.
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