David H. Levy’s observing logbooks now online

Posted by David Eicher
on Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Astronomy Contributing Editor David H. Levy has had a long and storied career as an astronomy popularizer. Co-discoverer of the famous Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 that slammed into Jupiter in 1994, David has been active in observing since the late 1950s. He is the discoverer or co-discoverer of 22 comets and more than 150 asteroids, and he is the first person ever to have discovered comets visually, photographically, and by electronic means.

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A longtime member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, David recently donated digital scans of his logbooks, which constitute written records, often accompanied by sketches, of more than 16,000 observing sessions, beginning with a partial solar eclipse he watched at age 11.

For more information on accessing David’s digital logbooks, see www.rasc.ca/logbooks/levy.

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