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Astronomer's Hometown Celebrates Pluto Fly-by

Astronomer Clyde Tombaugh, born in rural Illinois in 1906, discovered what became the ninth planet in our solar system – Pluto.  Today, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is providing the clearest images of this distant body. The probe's encounter with the dwarf planet is an historic moment for the astronomer's hometown.   Streator, Illinois, is about as far away from Pluto as you can get on planet Earth.   But Pluto is at the center of Streator’s universe. “We are...

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