SSP2016 - David Levy - A Nightwatchman's Journey
David Levy is an internationally renowned Canadian astronomer who is celebrating 50 years of searching the sky for coments and asteroids. He is best known for his co-discovery in 1993 of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, which collided with the planet Jupiter in 1994. Dr. Levy will be sharing his lecture “A Nightwatchman’s Journey”, discussing his experiences and observations in astronomy.
Dr. Levy is one of the most successful comet discoverers in history. He has discovered 21 comets, eight of them using his own backyard telescopes. His discovery of Shoemaker-Levy 9, with Eugene and Carolyn Shoemaker at the Palomar Observatory in California, produced the most spectacular explosions ever witnessed in the solar system. Levy is currently involved with the Jarnac Comet Survey, which is based at the Jarnac Observatory in Vail, Arizona but which has telescopes planned for locations around the world.