Noted Astronomer Dr. David Levy to Speak

Pitt-Johnstown

posted October 19, 2017


Noted astronomer Dr. David Levy will speak at Pitt-Johnstown’s John P. Murtha Center for Public Service and National Competitiveness on Thursday, October 26, 2017, at 7 p.m.

Dr. Levy, a Canadian astronomer and science writer, discovered the fragmented comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, in 1993, along with Carolyn Shoemaker and Eugene Shoemaker. Shoemaker–Levy 9 collided with the planet Jupiter in 1994. 

He has discovered 23 comets as well as co-discovering many others, writes articles for periodicals on astronomy, and has written more than 30 books on sky-watching and astronomy, including The Sky in Early Modern English Literature

Dr. Levy received his PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He continues to serve as President of the National Sharing the Sky Foundation and is a Master of Astronomy with the DeTao Masters Academy (DTMA).


The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown is marking its 90th anniversary well as the 50th year of the campus in its Richland Township location. Pitt-Johnstown was founded in 1927 and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by the Princeton Review as a “Best in the Northeast” college, by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School,” and by Pennsylvania Business Central as a "Top 100 Organization.” The distinctive combination of Pitt-Johnstown’s people, programs, and place results in exceptional performance in preparing students for career and professional success. Pitt-Johnstown is the regional leader, educating for success in the Real World.