Location: Conference Space (Rooms A2, B2 and C2), 2nd floor, New Student Centre
Join us for the official release event of the much anticipated autobiography of one of the most important amateur astronomers of our time!
Like many of us, David Levy discovered that he was an astronomer when he was very young, but unlike most of us, over the course of six decades he has made an enviable slew of discoveries. He is credited with the discovery and co-discovery of 23 comets, including Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9 (1993) which spectacularly collided with Jupiter (1994), and of 150 minor planets. Education and public outreach have been important to him, motivating his delivery of over 1,500 astronomy lectures, and he has published more books than the average star-gazing possum can total on its toes, and more articles than there are OB supergiants in NGC 869. He has been a member of both the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and the American Association of Variable Star Observers for most of the time he has been an astronomer.
David Levy has lived through a most interesting period in our exploration of the universe, which has seen many profound changes in the professional understanding of astronomy, amateur participation in the science, and the means of communicating it to the public. He has known some of the outstanding figures in amateur and professional astronomy such as Bart Bok, Leslie Peltier, and Gene and Carolyn S. Shoemaker. Nor has his life has been uneventful otherwise.
David talks about A Nightwatchman’s Journey in conversation with the award-winning science journalist Ivan Semeniuk of the Globe and Mail. Copies of A Nightwatchman’s Journey will be available at the event.
Ivan Semeniuk will be interviewing David Levy.
Ivan Semeniuk is an award-winning science journalist and broadcaster with a special interest in humanity’s exploration of the universe. He reports on science for The Globe and Mail and is a contributing editor to Sky News magazine as well as host of the astronomy television series Cosmic Vistas.