The Archer County News (Archer City, Tex.), Vol. 47, No. 22, Ed. 1 Thursday, May 4, 1961 Page: 2 of 6
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Pluto Puzzles Astronomers
30 Years After Discovery
Pluto remains a puzzle to as-1 to disturb the orbits of Nep-
tronomers 30 years after its dis-1 tune and Uranus Such an enor-
covery. I mous density — five times that
Is the remote planet a run- of lead - is considered unlike
away satellite’ What is its dia-
meter and mass? Is it many
Pluto, incredibly frigid, dark
times denser than the earth?
Pluto, incredibly frigid, dark.
Iv Some astronomers believe
Pluto's density is normal and
its mass only about three per
cent of earth's. They say the
orbital perturbations were in-
and barren, is the ninth and correctly measured
most distant known planet ini However, both W H. Picker-
ing of the Harvard Observatory
and Dr. Percival Lowell, found-
er of Lowell Observatory, Flag-
staff, Arizona, predicted the re-
gion where Pluto would be found
on the basis of its disturbances
the solar system. It is 3,666,000,-
000 miles from the sun and re-
quires almost 248 years to com-
plete an orbit, the National Geo-
graphic Society says.
Dr. Gerard P. Kuieper of Yer-
kes Observatory, Williams Bay, of the orbits.
Wisconsin believes Pluto is at whjfe Pateh 0n pl#n#t
T0" h ,he™>es that three1 Some sc.entists argue that it
tune. He theonze tha‘vS is too much of a coincidence
satellites onemal^ "voWed, emmenUjjathematicians
rhu^eXT^mS'of itl!-aid obtain indTpendenLacc,
original -ass its SB &
gnp grew weaker_ The satelhtes mottfed^rface and measure-
swung farther and farther from. ^ of jt cover ofrfy a large
Neptune a d rpraD ! white patch, not the whole plan-
"din;This would make il ,arge
Nuptial Mass For
A Nuptial Mass at St. Francis
Church in Grapevine united
Miss Norma Jean Gremminger
and Mr. Bobby MacLaren in
marriage last Saturday morning.
After the services, a reception
was held at the church hall for
all guests and friends. Hostess-
es were her parents, Mr. and
Mrs. Ben Gremminger of Grape-
At noon, a delicious barbecue
dinner catered by Underwood’s
was served to the immediate
family and friends.
Out of town guests included
Mrs. Amelia Hoff, Mr. and Mrs.
Emery Berend and family, Mr.
and Mrs. Andy Rocwe and fam
ily. Mr. and Mrs. Willie Hoff
and daughter Regina, Mr. and
Sirs. Ed Contz&y and family
| and Mrs. Ted Wolf, all of Wind-
thorst; Mr. and Mrs. John Hoff
and children, Mr. and Mrs. Pete
Schick of Wichita Falls, Mr and
Mrs. Al Flusche and sons of De-
Makes Dean’s List
One student from Holliday,
has been named to the Dean’s
Honor Roll for the winter quar-
ter at Adams State College.
Only those students whose
grade averages are 3.50 or bet-
ter (4.00 is straight “A”) are
James F. Holt, son of Mr.
and Mrs. G. W. Holt of Holli-
day, had a grade average of 3.62.
James is a senior student.
Morgan Powell Is
Honored At Notre
Dame Jazz Festival
Morgan Powell of Archer City,
trombonist with the North Tex-
as State College Laboratory
Band, was named the most prom-
ising soloist at the Notre Dame
Collegiate Jazz Festival April 22
The band won its second con-
secutive national collegiate jazz
title at the South Bend, Ind..
festival. Powell and five other
Lab Band musicians were hon
ored as the group was named
the outstanding group and best
big band in the contest.
Student performances were
judged by Quincy Jones, band
leader; Johnny Richards and
George Russell, composers and
arrangers; Charles Suber, editor
of Down Beat magazine; and
Robert Share, administrator of
the Berkshire School of Music.
Powell, a graduate music stu-
dent at NTSC, is the son of Mr.
and Mrs. W. O. Powell. 804 By-
He directs the 2 o’clock Lab
Band as a graduate assistant to
Leon Breeden, director of t h e
NTSC laboratory jazz program
which features three bands, des-
ignated by rehearsal hours. The
1 o’clock group, directed by
Breeden, is the title - holding
archer county news
In addition to his abilities as
an instrumentalist, Powell is a
talented jazz composer and ar-
ranger His compositions are
regularly featured in Lab Band
THURSDAY, MAY 4, 1961
W. O. Powell of Graham vis-
ited last Saturday with his
daughter. Mrs. Morgan Powell
and granddaughter, Lesa.
Mrs. Virgile Seay attended the
funeral of Mrs. Magie Mitchell
in Ringgold, Monday.
Solon R. Featherston to Vil-
lage Mortgage Co., Inc. 5 lots in
Block No. 8 and 5 lots in Block
No. 9 in Shore Line Estates.
OGML — L. M. Hayter et ux
to Consolidated Oil Co., 10 acres,
out of T.E. S L. Co. Survey.
OGML — Frances M. Roberts
to Consolidated Oil Co. W 30
acres of E 130 acres of Sy, of
T.E. & L. Co. Survey.
Lee Allen Hillard and Gena
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the planet again, but Pluto re-
To support his theory. Dr Kui-
per points out that Pluto ro-
tates only once in 6'4 days, and
makes a highly eccentric jour-
ney around the sun. The egg-
shaped orbit is canted at an an-
gle of 17 degrees and periodi-
cally cuts across Neptune’s path.
The two bodies miss colliding by
a comfortable 240,000.000 miles.
From 1969 to 2009. Pluto actual-
ly will come closer to the sun
Visual observations through
the 200-inch telescope at Palo-
mar Observatory made in 1950
indicate that Pluto’s diameter
is only 3.600 miles, less than
half that of the earth. Previous-
ly. Pluto was thought to h a v e
roughly the same mass and dia-
meter as earth because of its
effect on the orbits of Neptune
If Pluto has a diameter of on-
ly 3,600 miles, it must be 10
times as dense as earth in or-
der to have the mass necessary
enough to perturb other plan-
Dr Lowell died before he J
could complete his search for |
the predicted planet. In 1929,!
Clyde Tombaugh, a 24-year-old j
astronomer, joined the celestial;
hunt for Planet X at Lowell Ob-
; servatory, where he was to scan
j 90,000.000 star images. He meth-
j odicallv photographed the same j
area of the sky several days
Professor Tombaugh, now of
Las Cruces, New Mexico, slipped
twin photographs of the sky seg-
ment into a “blink" microscope
on February 18. 1930 The ap-
paratus quickly imposes one pic-
turne on another. As he watch-
ed. fixed stars remained in po-
sition. But an image no larger
than a penciP's dot appeared to
jump back and forth. It was i
Planet X, later named Pluto.
Ironically, examination of I
plates taken earlier by both Low-
ell and Pickering showed that
they had captured weak images
of Pluto, too faint to be recog-
nized at the time.
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Smith, William B. The Archer County News (Archer City, Tex.), Vol. 47, No. 22, Ed. 1 Thursday, May 4, 1961, newspaper, May 4, 1961; Archer City, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth708974/m1/2/: accessed December 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Archer Public Library.