- Genre:CHILDREN'S NONFICTION
- SubGenre:Science & Nature / Astronomy
- Age Range (years):8 - 12
- Paperback ISBN:9798218265298
Needle in a Haystack: How Clyde W. Tombaugh Found an Awesome New World
“I guess my kid sister sized me up right.” said Clyde. “She thinks I discovered a whole new world. I guess I did. How would you feel if you saw a new world giving you the high sign?”
Farm boy Clyde W. Tombaugh trained his homemade telescope on the planets. He drew the surfaces of Mars and Jupiter and shared his drawings with Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona. Gadzooks! They hired him to search for a new planet! After 300 days of scouring the sky with a powerful telescope, Clyde pinpointed Pluto’s location on February 18, 1930. His tenacity paid off— he found the last planet in the solar system.
This 1280-word biography about Clyde W. Tombaugh, the young man who discovered Pluto, is a confirmation of the twin pillars of success—passion and persistence. Diane hopes this book’s message will resonate with children.
“The inspiring story of Clyde Tombaugh and his discovery of Pluto is as much about personal dedication and persistence as it is a scientific quest. It is a tale for both young and old, and this book captures it well for young audiences.
—Kevin Schindler, Historian, Lowell Observatory