Very few astronomers accept that they observed unusual aerial phenomena of extraterrestrial origin. During the 1940s and 1950s, there was a great technological advancement era, when people witnessed the first A-bomb and some fast aircraft. Nevertheless, UFOs were still a myth as no astronomer publicly accepted them except one. Clyde W. Tombaugh stunned his fellow astronomers with his UFO sightings which he accepted publicly.
Tombaugh was an experienced astronomer who is well known as the discoverer of Pluto. Using a new astronomic technique of photographic plates combined with a blink microscope, he discovered a tiny planet on February 18, 1930, at the Lowell Observatory in Arizona. These achievements added authenticity to his UFO sightings.
Tombaugh spent countless hours, watching the night sky, but what he witnessed in August 1949 was extremely strange. He was at his home in Las Cruces, New Mexico looking at the beautiful starry night sky, when at about 11 o’clock, he saw a group of bluish-green rectangular lights. He said the lights were similar to the “Lubbock Lights,” moving to the south. His mother and wife, who were sitting in the backyard, also witnessed this strange phenomenon.
He wrote: “The individual rectangles became foreshortened, their space of formation smaller, (at first about one degree across) and the intensity duller, fading from view at about 35 degrees above the horizon. The total time of visibility was about three seconds. I was too flabbergasted to count the number of rectangles of lights or to note some other features I wondered about later. There was no sound.”
Further, he added that the luminosity of the rectangles was so low that if there was some moonlight, they would not be visible.
American physicist Dr. James MacDonald, who is best known for his research on UFOs was interested in the Tombaugh sighting. But Harvard astronomer Donald Menzel called it an optical illusion and even tried bullying him and disclaiming his experience. MacDonald called his speculations “ridiculous.”