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Letters and Science Distinguished Speakers Series

Friday, April 20, 2012 at 4:00pm
Strand Union Building, Ballroom A

David Levy of the Jarnac Observatory, Inc. will present "A Nightwatchman's Journey: My Adventures as a Comet Discoverer and Sky Watcher."

Levy, who is also the president of the National Sharing the Sky Foundation, is one of the most successful comet discoverers in history. He has discovered 22 comets, nine of them using his own backyard telescopes. Along with Eugene and Carolyn Shoemaker, Levy 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, Ariz., but which has telescopes planned for locations around the world.

Levy's lecture is sponsored by the MSU Department of Physics and the Montana Space Grant Consortium, and is presented by the College of Letters and Science's Distinguished Speakers Series. The series, which began in the spring of 2011, brings distinguished scholars to MSU to give a public talk and to meet with faculty and students in order to enrich the intellectual life on campus and to enhance the research connections.


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