|Leslie C. Peltier|
January 2, 1900|
|Died||May 10, 1980
|Cause of death||Heart attack|
|Spouse(s)||Dorothy 'Dottie' Nihiser|
Leslie Copus Peltier (January 2, 1900 – May 10, 1980) was an American amateur astronomer and discoverer of several comets and novae, once described as "the world's greatest non-professional astronomer" by Harlow Shapley.
Leslie Copus Peltier was born in Delphos, Ohio. Delphos is located in northwestern Ohio in both Van Wert and Allen County. His homeplace was located on South Bredeick Street, and his home is still standing today. The home was known as Brookehaven. Peltier married Dorothy Nihiser in November 1933. An amateur astronomer, he was a prolific discoverer of comets and also a persistent observer of variable stars and member of the AAVSO. He was co-discoverer of 12 comets, 10 of which carry his name, and over a span of more than 60 years made more than 132,000 variable star observations.
- Star & Sky Magazine, Volume 2 (1980), p. 39
- Schmadel, Lutz D. (2007). Dictionary of Minor Planet Names – (3850) Peltier. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. pp. 326–327. ISBN 978-3-540-00238-3. Retrieved 5 February 2017.
- Delphos astronomer Leslie Peltier’s prescription: One dose of starlight each clear night before retiring
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