On February 18th, 1930, 24-year-old Clyde W. Tombaugh, astronomer at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, discovered what would become the ninth planet in our solar system. Though the planet was small, the discovery was huge, leaving a massive blip on Tombaugh’s occupational radar; an impressive feat considering Tombaugh hadn’t initially sought out employment at the Observatory. His place behind the telescope came shortly after sending observations of Jupiter and Mars utilizing a make-shift telescope made from a reflector, the crankshaft of a 1910 Buick, and parts from a cream separator. Impressed with his innovation, the observatory enlisted Tombaugh to operate a new photographic telescope to search what was then “Planet X.”