David H. Levy

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David Levy giving a lecture at JPL.
Asteroids discovered: 53
5261 Eureka[1] June 20, 1990
5852 Nanette[2] April 19, 1991
6398 Timhunter[2][3] February 10, 1991
6401 Roentgen[2][3] April 15, 1991
6485 Wendeesther[2][3] October 25, 1990
6670 Wallach[2] June 4, 1994
6715 Sheldonmarks[1] August 22, 1990
6914 Becquerel[1][2] April 3, 1992
7344 Summerfield[2] June 4, 1992
8021 Walter[2] October 22, 1990
8358 Rickblakley[2] November 4, 1989
9070 Ensab[2] July 23, 1993
9083 Ramboehm[2] November 28, 1994
10332 Defi[2] May 13, 1991
10346 Triathlon[2] April 2, 1992
11548 Jerrylewis[2] November 25, 1992
11569 Virgilsmith[2] May 27, 1993
11911 Angel[2] June 4, 1992
11941 Archinal[2] May 23, 1993
13057 Jorgensen[2] November 13, 1990
13111 Papacosmas[2] July 23, 1993
13123 Tyson[2] May 16, 1994
13615 Manulis[2] November 28, 1994
14429 Coyne[2] December 3, 1991
15276 Diebel[2] April 14, 1991
15294 Underwood[2] November 7, 1991
15321 Donnadean[2] August 13, 1993
15779 Scottroberts[2] July 26, 1993
16514 Stevelia[2] November 11, 1990
16669 Rionuevo[2] December 8, 1993
17493 Wildcat[2] December 31, 1991
18368 Flandrau[2] April 15, 1991
18434 Mikesandras[2] March 12, 1994
19980 Barrysimon[2] November 22, 1989
22312 Kelly[2] April 14, 1991
22338 Janemojo[2] June 3, 1992
24778 Nemsu[2] May 24, 1993
24779 Presque Isle[2] July 23, 1993
27776 Cortland[2] February 25, 1992
27810 Daveturner[2] July 23, 1993
29292 Conniewalker[2] May 24, 1993
30840 JackAlice[2] April 15, 1991
117032 DavidLane[4][5] May 14, 2004
144769 Zachariassen[4] April 19, 2004
144907 Whitehorne[4][5] December 16, 2004
157421 Carolpercy[4][5] October 8, 2004
198450 Scattolin[4][5] December 9, 2004
245158 Thomasandrews[4] October 13, 2004
271763 Hebrewu[4] September 17, 2004
283990 Randallrosenfeld[4] September 16, 2004
294727 Dennisritchie[4] January 31, 2008
300909 Kenthompson[4] January 30, 2008
339223 Stongemorin[4] October 13, 2004
  1. 1 with Henry E. Holt
  2. 2 with Carolyn S. Shoemaker
  3. 3 with Eugene M. Shoemaker
  4. 4 with T. Glinos
  5. 5 with W. Levy

David H. Levy (born May 22, 1948) is a Canadian astronomer and science writer who co-discovered Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9 in 1993, which collided with the planet Jupiter in 1994.

Biography[edit]

Levy was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, in 1948. He developed an interest in astronomy at an early age. However, he pursued and received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English literature.[1]

Levy went on to discover 22 comets, either independently or with Gene and Carolyn S. Shoemaker. He has written 34 books, mostly on astronomical subjects, such as The Quest for Comets, a biography of Pluto-discoverer Clyde Tombaugh in 2006, and his tribute to Gene Shoemaker in Shoemaker by Levy. He has provided periodic articles for Sky and Telescope magazine,[2] as well as Parade Magazine, Sky News and, most recently, Astronomy Magazine.

Periodic comets that Levy co-discovered include 118P/Shoemaker–Levy, 129P/Shoemaker–Levy, 135P/Shoemaker–Levy, 137P/Shoemaker–Levy, 138P/Shoemaker–Levy, 145P/Shoemaker–Levy, and 181P/Shoemaker–Levy. In addition, Levy is the sole discoverer of two periodic comets: 255P/Levy and P/1991 L3.

On February 28, 2010, Levy was awarded a Ph. D. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem for his successful completion of his thesis "The Sky in Early Modern English Literature: A Study of Allusions to Celestial Events in Elizabethan and Jacobean Writing, 1572–1620."

He lives in Vail, Arizona and is married to Wendee Levy.[3] Levy and his wife hosted a weekly internet radio talk show on astronomy, which ended on February 3, 2011, with a planned "Final Show". Show archives are still available in WMA and MP3 formats.[4] Levy is President of the National Sharing the Sky Foundation.[5]

Levy is a Master of Astronomy with DeTao Masters Academy (DTMA).[6]

Awards[edit]

The asteroid 3673 Levy was named in his honour. Levy was awarded the C.A. Chant Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada in 1980. In 1993 he won the Amateur Achievement Award of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. In 2007, Levy received the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory's Edgar Wilson Award for the discovery of comets. In 2008, a special edition telescope, "The Comet Hunter" was co-designed by Levy.[7]

Together with Martyn Ives, David Taylor, and Benjamin Woolley, Levy won an 1998 News & Documentary Emmy Award in the "Individual Achievement in a Craft, Writer" category for the script of the documentary 3 Minutes to Impact produced by York Films for the Discovery Channel.[8][9]

Comet Discoveries[edit]

Visual:

  • Comet Levy-Rudenko, 1984t, C/1984 V1, Nov 14, 1984
  • Comet Levy, 1987a, C/1987 A1, January 5, 1987
  • Comet Levy, 1987y, C/1987 T1, October 11, 1987
  • Comet Levy, 1988e, C/1988 F1, March 19, 1988
  • Comet Okazaki-Levy-Rudenko, 1989r, C/1989 Q1, August 25, 1989
  • Comet Levy, 1990c, C/1990 K1, May 20, 1990
  • Periodic Comet Levy, P/1991 L3, June 14, 1991
  • Comet Takamizawa-Levy, C/1994 G1, April 15, 1994
  • Periodic Comet Levy, P/2006 T1, October 2, 2006

Photographic, as part of team of Eugene and Carolyn Shoemaker and David Levy:

  • Periodic Comet Shoemaker-Levy 1, 1990o, P/1990 V1
  • Periodic Comet Shoemaker-Levy 2, 1990p, 137 P/1990 UL3
  • Comet Shoemaker-Levy, 1991d C/1991 B1
  • Periodic Comet Shoemaker-Levy 3, 1991e, 129P/1991 C1
  • Periodic Comet Shoemaker-Levy 4, 1991f, 118P/1991 C2
  • Periodic Comet Shoemaker-Levy 5, 1991z, 145P/1991 T1
  • Comet Shoemaker-Levy, 1991a1, C/1991 T2
  • Periodic Comet Shoemaker-Levy 6, 1991b1, P/1991 V1
  • Periodic Comet Shoemaker-Levy 7, 1991d1, 138P/1991 V2
  • Periodic Comet Shoemaker-Levy 8, 1992f, 135P/1992 G2
  • Periodic Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, 1993e, D/1993 F2 (This comet crashed into Jupiter in 1994, resulting in the most dramatic events ever seen on another world)
  • Comet Shoemaker-Levy, 1993h, C/1993 K1
  • Comet Shoemaker-Levy, 1994d C/1994 E2
  • Comet Jarnac, P/2010 E2 (David Levy, Wendee Levy, Tom Glinos)

Other discoveries[edit]

  • Nova Cygni 1975, August 30, 1975 (independent discovery)
  • Nova Cygni 1978, September 12, 1978 (independent discovery)
  • Comet Hartley-IRAS (P/1983 V1), November 30, 1983 (independent discovery)
  • Comet Shoemaker 1992y, C/1992 U1 (aided in discovery)
  • Periodic Comet Shoemaker 4, 1994k, P/1994 J3 (aided in discovery)
  • Asteroid (5261) Eureka, the first Martian Trojan asteroid, with Henry Holt, June 1990
  • Established the cataclysmically recurring nature of 1215-17 TV Corvi (Tombaugh's Star), August 1987

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ David Levy early life/education
  2. ^ David Levy biography
  3. ^ Astronomer David Levy
  4. ^ Astronomy Talk Radio
  5. ^ National Sharing the Sky Foundation Accessed 2010-04-19
  6. ^ DeTao Master Academy
  7. ^ David H. Levy Comet Hunter Special Edition Telescope
  8. ^ International Documentary Association (1998). International documentary: the newsletter of the International Documentary Association 17. International Documentary Association. p. 59. ; see also [1] and [2].
  9. ^ Columnist Biography. David H. Levy, Astronomy (magazine). Retrieved September 17, 2011.

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Preceded by
Richard D. Lines & Helen Lines
Amateur Achievement Award of Astronomical Society of the Pacific
1993
Succeeded by
Walter H. Haas