David H. Levy

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David Levy giving a lecture at JPL.

David H. Levy (born May 22, 1948) is a Canadian astronomer, science writer and discoverer of comets and minor planets, 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 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,[1] 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.[2] 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.[3] Levy is President of the National Sharing the Sky Foundation.[4]

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

Awards[edit]

The main-asteroid 3673 Levy was named in his honour.[5] Levy was awarded the C.A. Chant Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada in 1980. Levy was recipient of the 1990 G. Bruce Blair Medal.[6] 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][10]

Discoveries[edit]

Minor planets discovered: 61 [11]
see § List of discovered minor planets

Comets[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 255P/Levy, 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[a]
  • 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)

List of discovered minor planets[edit]

5261 Eureka 20 June 1990 list[A]
5852 Nanette 19 April 1991 list[B]
6398 Timhunter 10 February 1991 list[B][C]
6401 Roentgen 15 April 1991 list[B][C]
6485 Wendeesther 25 October 1990 list[B][C]
6670 Wallach 4 June 1994 list[B]
6715 Sheldonmarks 22 August 1990 list[A]
6914 Becquerel 3 April 1992 list[B][A]
7344 Summerfield 4 June 1992 list[B]
8021 Walter 22 October 1990 list[B]
8358 Rickblakley 4 November 1989 list[B]
9070 Ensab 23 July 1993 list[B]
9083 Ramboehm 28 November 1994 list[B]
10332 Défi 13 May 1991 list[B]
10346 Triathlon 2 April 1992 list[B]
11548 Jerrylewis 25 November 1992 list[B]
11569 Virgilsmith 27 May 1993 list[B]
11911 Angel 4 June 1992 list[B]
11941 Archinal 23 May 1993 list[B]
13057 Jorgensen 13 November 1990 list[B]
13111 Papacosmas 23 July 1993 list[B]
13123 Tyson 16 May 1994 list[B]
13615 Manulis 28 November 1994 list[B]
14429 Coyne 3 December 1991 list[B]
15276 Diebel 14 April 1991 list[B]
15294 Underwood 7 November 1991 list[B]
15321 Donnadean 13 August 1993 list[B]
15779 Scottroberts 26 July 1993 list[B]
16514 Stevelia 11 November 1990 list[B]
16669 Rionuevo 8 December 1993 list[B]
17493 Wildcat 31 December 1991 list[B]
18368 Flandrau 15 April 1991 list[B]
18434 Mikesandras 12 March 1994 list[B]
19980 Barrysimon 22 November 1989 list[B]
20084 Buckmaster 6 April 1994 list[B]
22312 Kelly 14 April 1991 list[B]
22338 Janemojo 3 June 1992 list[B]
24778 Nemsu 24 May 1993 list[B]
24779 Presque Isle 23 July 1993 list[B]
27776 Cortland 25 February 1992 list[B]
27810 Daveturner 23 July 1993 list[B]
29292 Conniewalker 24 May 1993 list[B]
30840 Jackalice 15 April 1991 list[B]
30934 Bakerhansen 16 November 1993 list[B]
30935 Davasobel 8 January 1994 list[B]
32890 Schwob 8 January 1994 list[B]
32897 Curtharris 1 August 1994 list[B]
37588 Lynnecox 15 April 1991 list[B]
37601 Vicjen 3 April 1992 list[B]
43793 Mackey 13 November 1990 list[B]
117032 Davidlane 14 May 2004 list[D][E]
144769 Zachariassen 19 April 2004 list[D]
144907 Whitehorne 16 December 2004 list[D][E]
157421 Carolpercy 8 October 2004 list[D][E]
170909 Bobmasterson 12 December 2004 list[D]
170995 Ritajoewright 3 March 2005 list[D]
175152 Marthafarkas 3 March 2005 list[D]
245158 Thomasandrews 13 October 2004 list[D]
271763 Hebrewu 17 September 2004 list[D]
294727 Dennisritchie 31 January 2008 list[D]
300909 Kenthompson 30 January 2008 list[D]
Co-discovery made with:
A H. E. Holt
B C. S. Shoemaker
C E. M. Shoemaker
D T. Glinos
E W. Levy

Other[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 E. Holt, June 1990
  • Established the cataclysmically recurring nature of 1215-17 TV Corvi (Tombaugh's Star), August 1987

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ This comet crashed into Jupiter in 1994, resulting in the most dramatic events ever seen on another world
  1. ^ a b Editors, The (1948-05-22). "David H. Levy | Canadian astronomer and science writer". Britannica.com. Retrieved 2016-02-09. 
  2. ^ "Welcome". Jarnac.org. Retrieved 2016-02-09. 
  3. ^ "Let's Talk Stars". Letstalkstars.com. Retrieved 2016-02-09. 
  4. ^ "Home". Sharingthesky.org. Retrieved 2016-02-09. 
  5. ^ Schmadel, Lutz D. (2007). Dictionary of Minor Planet Names – (3673) Levy. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. p. 309. ISBN 978-3-540-00238-3. Retrieved 20 July 2016. 
  6. ^ "G. BRUCE BLAIR AWARD Recipients". Western Amateur Astronomers. Western Amateur Astronomers. Retrieved 23 July 2015. 
  7. ^ "The David H. Levy Comet Hunter". Archived from the original on December 18, 2008. Retrieved December 14, 2008. 
  8. ^ International Documentary Association (1998). International documentary: the newsletter of the International Documentary Association. 17. International Documentary Association. p. 59. 
  9. ^ "York Films Of England". Yorkfilms.com. Retrieved 2016-02-09. 
  10. ^ "York Films Of England". Yorkfilms.com. Retrieved 2016-02-09. 
  11. ^ "Minor Planet Discoverers (by number)". Minor Planet Center. 12 January 2017. Retrieved 1 February 2017. 

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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