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Shoemaker Levy

Kimon Roussopoulos

November 27, 2013

Comet Shoemaker Levy hit Jupiter in July 1994. The WWW was in its infancy. This story combined stunning images with immediate internet access to the whole world. Amazing.


Kai Staats: 02/15/2014 01:51 CST

I was then one year out of college, serving my 2nd or 3rd year (I do not recall) as President of the Phoenix Astronomical Society (PAS). David Levy was slated to speak to our club the day after the discovery (not the impact itself) of the famed comet. We had of course heard the news and were thrilled to have David open the meeting with, "Well, as you might have guessed, the topic for tonight's lecture has been changed." As always, David's presentations were (as they are today) magical, his passion for the night sky spellbinding. Gene was a member of PAS. I met him a few times, when he was not at his observatory or working with David. I was not then aware of his incredible contributions to the field, and wish now I had spent more time with him.

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