Sunday, July 31, 2011

Comets, Meteors and More with David H. Levy

On Monday, August 1, David H. Levy and the Adirondack Public Observatory will present “Comets, Meteors and More” at the Flammer Theater at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, NY. There will also be a celestial observing event in the parking lot after the presentation, weather permitting. David H. Levy will also be doing a book signing after the presentation.

David Levy is an astronomer and science writer who is most famous for his co-discovery of the comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 in 1993, which collided with the planet Jupiter in 1994. Levy began his telescopic comet search, called CN3, on December 17, 1965. David has tied for third place for his number of comets found by an individual at 22 comet discoveries. Levy is probably best known as a comet discoverer who appears on television and radio programs devoted to astronomy. He is an Emmy winner, reveived the award in 1998 as a part of a writing team for the Discovery Channel documentary “Three Minutes to Impact,” and his work has been featured in 35 publications.

Lecture is from 7-8pm and a book signing at 8-8:30pm. I’m looking forward to going and hope other interested in astronomy can make their way to the Wild Center for the event.

This event comes at the perfect time for the Delta Aquarids Meteor shower which peaks on July 28 and 29, although you should still see some meteors into early August. This meteor shower produces around 20 meteors per hour and can be found radiating near the constellation Aquarius. Best time to look for this shower is after midnight to the east. The moon will be a small crescent moon so it shouldn’t cause too many problems due to it’s light.

Photo: The flier posted on the Adirondack Public Observatory website advertising for the David H. Levy presentation

Michael Rector is an amateur astronomer with his own blog, Adirondack Astronomy.

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Although he now lives in Clinton County, amateur astronomer Michael Rector has fond memories of spending time at Great Sacandaga and West Canada Lake where the skies are dark and the Milky Way is bright.

Michael writes about astronomy on his own blog Adirondack Astronomy and is interested in getting together with other star-gazers around the region. If you are interested in getting together for an occasional star party feel free to contact him at [email protected]









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