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An Evening With Michael Byers and the Discovery of Pluto (Public Event)

A discussion of Percival's Planet and Clyde Tombaugh's Discovery of Pluto

Tuesday April 19, 2011
6:30pm - 9:30pm
Kansas Union, Ballroom, Level 5
Author Michael Byers will discuss his novel "Percival's Planet" which was inspired by the true story of Kansan and noted astronomer Clyde Tombaugh, discoverer of Pluto. Byers talk will be introduced by Steven A. Hawley, KU Professor of Physics and Astronomy and former NASA Astronaut. The Ballroom event will also feature a guided astronomy display including Tombaugh artifacts, presented from 6:30 p.m. by the KU Department of Physics and Astronomy. Following the talk, Michael Byers will sign his books. The event will conclude with a telescope viewing session on the Kansas Union 6th floor deck. Co-sponsors for the evening are the KU Bookstore, KU Memorial Unions, KU Department of Physics and Astronomy, KU Hall Center for the Humanities, and The Commons.
Contact: 785-864-2471, leitner@ku.edu
Department: KU Memorial Unions
Ticket Cost: Free
Clyde Tombaugh (Feb. 4, 1906-Jan. 17, 1997) was a Kansas farm boy and amateur telescope maker who couldnt afford college. A chance letter brought him to Lowell Observatory in Arizona in 1928 to join the hunt for Planet X begun by Percival Lowell. Tombaugh discovered Pluto in 1930, causing an international sensation. He later earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Kansas and achieved a long and distinguished career in astronomy. Pluto was reclassified as a dwarf planet in 2006 by the International Astronomical Union, a decision that is still hotly debated.