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      A list for asteroid and comet researcher

      Acclaimed Canadian Astronomer Dr. David Levy's Logbooks Now Online
      Posted by: "Ron Baalke" baalke@...
      Wed Nov 30, 2011 9:33 am (PST)

      November 29, 2011

      Royal Astronomical Society of Canada

      Deborah Thompson / Randall A. Rosenfeld
      thompson@... / levylogbooks@...
      +1 416-924-7973 (DT)


      The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) in conjunction with
      Jarnac Observatory is pleased to announce the launch of the David Levy
      Logbooks archive. The project offers full and free access to digital
      facsimiles of over sixteen thousand observing sessions by David H.
      Levy chronicling more than half a century of astronomical exploration
      and discovery: http://www.rasc.ca/logbooks/levy

      Dr. David H. Levy, co-discoverer of comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, is one of
      the most acclaimed amateur astronomers of our time. He is the
      discoverer or co-discoverer of twenty two comets and more than 150
      asteroids, and is the first person to have discovered comets visually,
      photographically, and electronically. Dr. Levy is a well-known
      popularizer of astronomy, who has spent a lifetime advancing the
      active engagement of others in the rich cultural pursuit of astronomy
      by personal example and through live appearances, and print and
      electronic media. The conviction that astronomical observation, both
      recreational and scientific, provides a way to discover more about our
      place in the universe and to better know ourselves is shared by Dr.
      Levy and the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC), an
      organization of which he has been a member for nearly as long as he
      has been an astronomer.

      The David Levy Logbooks offer a glimpse into one man's personal
      engagement with the night sky, an engagement as dynamic and pristine
      now as when he commenced his records at age eleven with a partial
      solar eclipse in 1959. In the logbook pages readers will encounter his
      personal entries of notable discoveries -- comets and near earth
      objects found with Eugene M. and Carolyn Shoemaker through the Palomar
      Asteroid and Comet Survey (PACS), including the unfolding drama of
      Shoemaker-Levy 9 impacting Jupiter -- interspersed with records of
      variable star observations for the American Association of Variable
      Star Observers (AAVSO) and searches for the RASC's COMET and NOVA
      Section, along with recreational observing of deep-sky objects (DSO)
      and solar-system phenomena. An attractive feature of the logbooks is
      their witness to astronomical friendship -- accompanying Dr. Levy's
      notes are the autograph comments of those who have observed with him,
      ranging from Clyde Tombaugh the discoverer of Pluto, to observers as
      young as Dr. Levy was when he started in astronomy. Observational
      sketches, photographs, and quotes from literature reflecting astronomy
      can be found throughout, attesting to the wider cultural matrix in
      which astronomy is embedded.

      Complementing the digital logbook facsimiles are several interpretive
      essays, one introducing the logbooks by Dr. Roy Bishop, a long-time
      personal friend and mentor of Dr. Levy's, and another setting the
      logbooks in historical context by RASC Archivist R.A. Rosenfeld.

      Few primary sources of significant amateur scientists are available in
      their entirety on the web. The logbooks should be of interest to all
      intrigued by the variety of 20th- and 21st-century practices of
      astronomy, and should prove a resource for those researching the
      history of amateur astronomy, pro-am collaboration, continuities and
      adaptation in modes of discovery, astronomy education and public
      outreach, and the scientific notebook as a literary genre, a locus for
      memory, and an agent for creating filiations and structuring
      scientific communities. The pages of the David Levy Logbooks can also
      aid amateur observers in finding their own voice and style of
      astronomical note taking through emulation, modification, and

      # # #

      The David Levy Logbooks are a joint project of the Jarnac Observatory
      and the RASC through its History Committee. The project team consists
      of Roy Bishop, David and Wendee Levy, Walter MacDonald, R.A.
      Rosenfeld, and Nanette Vigil.

      Founded in 1868, The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada is the
      nation's leading astronomy organization bringing together over 4,200
      enthusiastic amateurs, educators and professionals from Canada and
      abroad. The Vision of the RASC is to inspire curiosity in all people
      about the Universe, to share scientific knowledge, and to foster
      collaboration in astronomical pursuits, and our Mission is to
      encourage improved understanding of astronomy for all people, through
      education, outreach, research, publication, enjoyment, partnership,
      and community.
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