On the birthday of Pluto’s discovery, Science takes a look back on the dwarf planet’s long, strange history | Science

Pluto, seen here in a photo taken by the New Horizons flyby of 2015, celebrates 87 years of discovered life on 18 February.

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Happy birthday, Pluto! Since its discovery 87 years ago tomorrow, the dwarf planet has been the subject of near-constant debate, research, and discovery. A look back on Pluto’s life gives us insight not just into how far we’ve come in astronomy, but how far we have yet to go.

The search begins

Percival Lowell founded the observatory that would later discover Pluto, but died before seeing it.

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