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A Nightwatchman’s Journey: The Road Not Taken

November 7, 2019, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The program

Dr. Levy will be discussing his new book, A Nightwatchman’s Journey: The Road Not Taken.

“The subject of this evening’s presentation is the story of my life. Even though the cycle of my life story centers on the night sky, some of its details concern my life long battle against depression. It describes how as a child I would tear up invitations to birthday parties in order not to have to go to them. I was shy and lonely, and I did find comfort in my early looks at the night sky.

As the years passed, I turned my childhood friendship with the night sky into a passion for it. I now have many, many good friends, (many of them astronomical friends) and I have discovered or co-discovered 23 comets. This book describes the adventures I have had over 70 happy years, along with the eclipses, comets,  displays of the northern lights, and a cosmic impact that have punctuated the years.”

The speaker

David H. Levy is one of the most successful comet discoverers in history. He has discovered 22 comets, nine of them using his own backyard telescopes. With Eugene and Carolyn Shoemaker at the Palomar Observatory in California he 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, Arizona, but which has telescopes planned for locations around the world.

Dr. Levy is the author or editor of 35 books and other products. He won an Emmy in 1998 as part of the writing team for the Discovery Channel documentary, Three Minutes to Impact. As the Science Editor for Parade Magazine from 1997 to 2006, he was able to reach more than 80 million readers, almost a quarter of the population of the United States. A contributing editor for Sky and Telescope Magazine, he writes its monthly “Star Trails” column, and his “Nightfall” feature appears in each issue of the Canadian magazine, Skynews.

Admission tickets

The event is free and open to the public; however, e-tickets are required.

Book Signing

A book signing will follow the lecture. Copies of A Nightwatchman’s Journey will be available for puchase courtesy of the Astronomical Society of Kansas City.

Live stream option

If you are unable to attend the lecture in person, you can watch a live broadcast from the Library’s Facebook page or via livestream.com


The main entrance to the Library grounds is on Cherry Street. Parking is free in Library parking lots and along the west side of Holmes Street between 51st and 52nd streets. The Linda Hall Library is not affiliated with UMKC. Parking in all UMKC lots is by permit or meter. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.






November 7, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Eric Ward
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Linda Hall Library
5109 Cherry
Kansas City, MO 64110 United States
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