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7/1/2014 5:04:00 PM
Headlands to feature astronomer David Levy

The Headlands International Dark Sky Park and Emmet County are pleased to announce special guest David H. Levy for the Sept. 20, 2014, program, "David Levy and the Poetry of the Night."

Levy is arguably one of the most enthusiastic and famous amateur astronomers of our time. Although he has never taken a class in astronomy, he has made 23 comet discoveries, the most famous being the Shoemaker-Levy 9 comet that collided with Jupiter in 1994. He has also discovered more than 500 asteroids, has received an Emmy for the documentary Three Minutes to Impact, and has five honorary doctorates in science. Levy has written more than three dozen books, is a regular contributor to several astronomy magazines, and has appeared on television programs featured on the Discovery and the Science Channels. His PhD combines astronomy and English Literature. Currently, he is the editor of the web magazine Sky's Up! while sustaining an international lecture schedule and continuing to hunt for comets and asteroids.

The Headlands program is offered in partnership with the Northern Michigan Astronomy Club and it occurs the night of September's waning Moon phase, which means skies will be clear for spectacular views of the thickest part of the Milky Way and the Summer Triangle.

"Additionally, September is the month when the largest numbers of asteroids have been discovered, so what better way to spend an evening than with an asteroid discovery expert?" said Mary Stewart Adams, Dark Sky Park Program Director.

Stargazing will follow Levy's program. Reservations are not required, and the program is free of charge. It will take place rain or shine. Also, please note this program represents a change in the 2014 Dark Sky Park program schedule for Sept. 20, originally planned to be an informational session on the aurora borealis.

If you have questions, call Adams at (231) 838-8181 or email darksky@emmetcounty.org.

The Headlands is a 600-acre park on the Straits of Mackinac, two miles west of downtown Mackinaw City, at 15675 Headlands Road (please note this is a new address as of January 2014). The park is free and open to the public every day. While no camping is allowed, visitors are welcome to stay overnight to observe the dark sky overhead. The Headlands became the 6th International Dark Sky Park in the U.S. and the 9th in the world in May 2011, and each month free programs are held for the public. Visit www.emmetcounty.org for programs and more information, email beckerle@emmetcounty.org, or call (231) 348-1704. The county sends regular email blasts as well with information about night-sky observation opportunities and celestial events; to register, use the contact information above.

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