Pluto Discovery Telescope T-Shirt
Show off your love for Pluto's home! This dark blue shirt features white print and schematic of the Pluto Discovery Telescope.
Did you know...
Pluto was discovered at Lowell Observatory by Clyde Tombaugh on February 18th, 1930. The dwarf planet was named shortly afterwards by Venetia Burney in March of 1930, who was just 11 years old at the time. She thought the name Pluto fit pefectly, as Pluto is the Roman god of the underworld capable of making himself invisible just as the dwarf planet is cold, far from the Sun, and very difficult to see. We saw Pluto's surface for the first time in 2015, when NASA's New Horizon's spacecraft flew past the planet!
Charon, Pluto's lagest satellite (or moon) was discovered by United States Naval Observatory astronomer James Christy, using the 1.55-meter telescope at the Naval Observatory Flagstaff Station in 1978. Christy named the satellite Charon, the ferryman that carried souls to the underworld in Greek mythology, but admits that it was just a clever way to name to moon after his beloved wife Char (or Charlene) and still fit the mythology theme.
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