David H. Levy, a Canadian astronomer born on May 22, 1948 in Montreal, is one of the most successful comet discoverers in history. He has discovered 21 comets, eight of them using his own backyard telescopes. With Eugene and Carolyn Shoemaker at the Palomar Observatory in California, he discovered Shoemaker-Levy 9, the comet that collided with Jupiter in 1994. That episode produced the most spectacular explosions ever witnessed in the solar system. Levy is currently involved with the Jarnac Comet Survey, which is based at the Jarnac Observatory in Vail, Arizona but which has telescopes planned for locations around the world.
Levy is the author or editor of 34 books and other products. He won an Emmy in 1998 as part of the writing team for the Discovery Channel documentary, “Three minutes to impact.” As the science editor for Parade magazine, he is able to reach more than 78 million readers, almost a quarter of the population of United States and more than twice that of this country. A contributing editor for Sky and Telescope magazine, he writes its monthly "Star Trails" column, and his "Nightfall" feature appears in each issue of the Canadian magazine Skynews.
David Levy has given some 975 lectures and major interviews and has appeared on many television programs such as the Today show (four times), Good Morning America (twice), the National Geographic special "Asteroids: Deadly Impact", and ABC's World News Tonight where he and the Shoemakers were named persons of the week for July 22, 1994. Also, Levy has done nationally-broadcast testimonials for PBS (1995–present) and for the Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon (1998–1999). He and his wife, Wendee, host a weekly radio show available worldwide at www.letstalkstars.com. In 2004, he was the Senator John Rhodes Chair in Public Policy and American Institutions at Arizona State University.
He has been awarded four honorary doctorates and asteroid 3673 (Levy) was named in his honour. David resides in Vail, Arizona with his wife, Wendee.
This lecture tour is sponsored by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.
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