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Dark "freckles" southeast of Jupiter's Red Spot are stupendous impact craters from Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9.
Dark "freckles" southeast of Jupiter's Red Spot are stupendous impact craters from Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9.

Looking Up with Astronomer Dave Levy

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David Levy has discovered 21 comets--8 from his own backyard. He's managed to turn a childhood fascination with science and the night-sky into a career as an author, educator, and science editor of Parade Magazine. He was in Plattsburgh Friday for a lecture and reception for a special showing of the Plattsburgh College Planetarium's "Light-Hearted Astronomer" display.

Levy is, himself, a light-hearted astronomer, a confirmed but knowledgeable amateur observer. News Director Martha Foley spoke with him by phone as he was visiting the Adirondack Science Camp at Twin Valleys Outdoor Education Center near Lewis, about 40 miles south of Plattsburgh State. The camp is far from the glow of the North Country's minor metropolises, and it's where Levy caught the astronomy bug 40 years ago. Asthma kept him from a more traditional sports-based summer camp experience, but the college's summer science center was just right--it was really dark there, and kids could stay up late to stargaze...

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