3673 Levy

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3673 Levy is an asteroid discovered on August 22, 1985 by Edward L. G. Bowell[1] and named after Canadian astronomer David H. Levy. In December 2007, astronomers discovered that 3673 Levy is a binary asteroid having a satellite roughly 28% of its size orbiting every 21.6 hours.[2]

Background Information[edit]

David H. Levy is one of the most successful comet discoverers in history. He has discovered 22 comets,[2] nine of them using his own backyard telescopes. With Eugene and Carolyn Shoemaker at the Palomar Observatory in California he discovered Shoemaker-Levy 9, [2] the comet that collided with Jupiter in 1994. That episode 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Minor Planet Center. "Discovery Circumstances: Numbered Minor Planets (1)-(5000)". Retrieved December 31, 2007. 
  2. ^ a b c Roger Sinnott. "David Levy's Binary Asteroid". Sky & Telescope on-line. Retrieved May 2, 2012.