David J. Lane (astronomer)
|David J. Lane|
David J. Lane|
1963 (age 54–55)
David J. Lane (born 1963) is a Canadian astronomer at Saint Mary's University, the past president of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, director of the Burke-Gaffney astronomical observatory, owner of the Abbey-Ridge Observatory, and creator of the planetarium software entitled the Earth Centered Universe. Asteroid 117032 Davidlane is named in his honour, and the asteroid lies in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.
Lane created the first software that enables Twitter users to request images of the Universe from an astronomical observatory (i.e., the Burke-Gaffney Observatory). The impetus is to foster awareness of the Universe by enabling citizens to readily access an observatory using social media, a project that has been heralded as an important innovation by international media.
Lane, and fellow Canadian astronomer Paul Gray, discovered supernovas 1995F in NGC 2726, SN 2005B in UGC 11066, and 2005ea in MCG+10-16-61. Kathryn Aurora Gray examined images acquired by Lane via his Abbey-Ridge Observatory and discovered a supernova in UGC 3378 (SN 2010lt). Kathryn subsequently became the youngest person to have discovered a supernova.
- The Burke-Gaffney Observatory
- The Abbey-Ridge Observatory
- The Earth Centered Universe Planetarium Software
- Request your own astronomical images via Twitter
- Twitter users control Saint Mary's University observatory
- Social Media Opens Telescope Operations to the World
- Lane, D. J.; Gray, P.; Filippenko, A. V.; Barth, A. J."Supernova 1995F in NGC 2726". IAU Circ. , 6138, 1, 1995
- Lane, D. J.; Gray, P."Supernova 2005ea in MGC+10-16-61". Central Bureau Electronic Telegrams, 224, 1, 2005
- BBC: Canadian girl youngest to discover supernova
- David & Wendee Levy's Let's Talk Stars, 10/03/06
- Turner, D., Majaess, D., Lane, D., Rosvick, J., Henden, A., Balam, D.,"The Galactic Calibration of the Cepheid Period-Luminosity Relation and its Implications for the Universal Distance Scale", Odessa variable stars 2010 conference proceedings, edited by I. Andronov and V. Kovtyukh, 2010.