New Horizons probe (www.planetary.org) by Dan Durda, SwRI
With New Horizons being mere hours away from Yuggoth, more widely known as the dwarf-planet Pluto, I thought it would be a good time to discuss H.P. Lovecraft’s knowledge of this world. First, as most know once the discovery of Pluto was officially made on 13 March 1930, Lovecraft correlated that this mysterious world was in fact Yuggoth, “rolling alone in the black aether at the rim…” of the solar system. In fact in “The Whisperer in Darkness” Lovecraft mentions that the impostor of Henry W. Akeley states that he “…would not be surprised if astronomers become sufficiently sensitive to these thought-currents to discover Yuggoth when the Outer Ones wish them to do so.”
Clyde Tombaugh, a 24 year old astronomer who worked for the Lowell Observatory, discovered Pluto on 18 February 1930. Tombaugh had no formal training as an astronomer; however, he had a skill for building telescopes. As a farm boy from Kansas, Tombaugh use to build telescopes from old car parts and other “junk.” (National Geographic, July 2015). Tombaugh was a very skilled and talented telescope maker and his hard work and persistence paid off in the discovery of Pluto. However, it does make one think that maybe some Mi-Go “thought-currents” were sent his way in order to find Pluto. The search for a planet beyond Neptune was underway in one form or another almost as soon as Neptune itself was discovered. Thus, by the turn of the 20th century the race was on to discover “Planet X.” Why was Pluto discovered in early 1930?
Clyde Tombaugh, discover of Yuggoth (better known as Pluto)
One hypothesis is that the Mi-Go were quite uncomfortable with humanity probing the solar system, particularly the outer rim. Theoretical calculations, astronomical surveys and the eventual development of probes, sent into deep space to actually collect data on these worlds may have made the Mi-Go nervous. Their outposts and cities were built on some of these worlds, including Pluto and its large moon Charon.
“There are mighty cities on Yuggoth – great tiers of terraced towers built of black stone…”
“The sun shines there no brighter than a star, but the beings need no light. They have other subtler senses, and put no windows in their great house and temples.”
Thus, the Mi-Go may have thought that by appeasing the curiosity of the humans by allowing them to discover Pluto, further exploration into the outer rim and beyond may have ended or least would have been delayed.
Mi-Go, Concept 01 by Nathan Rosario (www.deviantart.com)
Other noted observations made by the impostor of Henry W. Akeley on Pluto included the presence of “black rivers of pitch that flow under those mysterious cyclopean bridges – things built by some elder race extinct and forgotten before the beings came to Yuggoth from the ultimate void..” Thus, while the Mi-Go live on Yuggoth and use it as an outpost they did not construct the existing buildings and infrastructure. No one knows who or what this elder race was. Also, what is the black river of pitch?
Pitch is a thick, black, tar-like substance made by distilling coal tar. There are a number of hypotheses about what New Horizons will find as it breezes past Pluto and one is that it may have a warm planetary core and be fairly dynamic from a geological sense. It may have active geysers and be covered with frozen methane and other simple carbon-based compounds (National Geographic, July 2015). Frozen nitrogen is probably present as well and Pluto more than likely has a thin atmosphere. Maybe the geysers, other geological activity, and “the summer season” warms some of these pool or “canals” so the frozen methane becomes a liquid pitch that either eventually gases off into space or is re-frozen. Incidentally a Plutonian year is about 250 years. So one season can be longer than a human lifetime.
Finally, it should be noted that a small vial of Tombaugh’s ashes on on board of New Horizons, sort of our DNA-based ambassador to Pluto, the Kuiper belt and beyond. If the Mi-Go obtain this vial of Tombaugh’s ashes, will they re-create the mind of this famous astronomer? Will the consciousness of Tombaugh be confronted with those whose world he revealed to humanity? Only Tombaugh will know.
A small “cylinder” or vial containing the ashes of the discoverer of Pluto – Clyde Tombaugh (News Week)