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Emmy Award winning astronomer David Levy comes to Mount A — Jan. 15
2008-01-09 08:36:11

World-renowned astronomer and author of more than 30 books to give public lecture

SACKVILLE, NB — Mount Allison students will be star struck with a lecture by Dr. David Levy, a Canadian astronomer, Emmy Award winner, and well-known author this month. Dr. Levy, who has the third largest number of comet discoveries of any individual in history, will give a public lecture entitled “Joining science and literature: Shakespeare, Eclipses, and Changing Ideas of the Cosmos” on Tuesday, January 15 at 7:30 p.m. in Convocation Hall (37 York Street). Everyone is welcome to attend and there is no admission charge. A public reception will follow the talk in Jennings Hall.

Dr. Levy is one of the world’s best-known observational astronomers. He has discovered 22 comets, eight of them with his own backyard telescopes, and about 50 minor planets. He was co-discoverer of the Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, the only comet ever observed to strike a planet, which impacted Jupiter in a spectacular event in 1994. He is currently working with the Jarnac Comet Survey at the Jarnac Observatory based in Vail, Arizona, which has telescopes planned for locations around the world.

David Levy has written over 30 books and won an Emmy Award in 1998 as part of the writing team for the Discovery Channel documentary “Three Minutes to Impact.” He is currently the science editor for Parade magazine, which has a readership of more than 78 million in the United States. He is also a contributing editor for Sky and Telescope magazine, and monthly contributor to the Canadian magazine Skynews.

A guest of The Today Show and Good Morning America, David, along with the Shoemakers who co-discovered the Jupiter impact comet with David, were named ABC’s World News Tonight’s “Persons of the Week” in July 1994 and has appeared on nationally-broadcasted programs on PBS and National Geographic. Dr. Levy has given over 1,000 public talks and is a passionate and well-known speaker.

While at Mount Allison, Dr. Levy will also meet with students in several disciplines. He will be a guest speaker in both physics and English classes, highlighting Mount Allison’s commitment to offering an engaged and diverse learning experience to its students. David Levy is a graduate of Acadia and Queen’s Universities and is currently completing his doctorate at Hebrew University. He holds honorary degrees from Acadia, Queen’s, McGill, and the University of Tampa. Asteroid 3673 (Levy) was named in his honour.

The lecture is offered in collaboration with the New Brunswick Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and is sponsored by the Botsford-Westmorland Lecture Fund at Mount Allison University.

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Note to editors and reporters: Dr. Levy will be on campus on Monday, January 14 and Tuesday, January 15 and will be available for media interviews those days. Please contact Laura Dillman Ripley, media relations co-ordinator at 506-364-2600 (ldillman@mta.ca).

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