What We Do

From the time David Levy saw his first meteor on July 4, 1956, he has tried to spread his passion for the night sky to other people. Throughout his comet hunting career (now with 22 discoveries of comets) he has tried to couple his observing skill with a program to inspire other people—especially young people, to view the night sky and getting inspired by it.

Sharing the Sky uses a combination of David’s observing skill and his ability to inspire people with his public lectures to reach as many people as possible.  We are placing robotic telescopes in strategic areas. These telescopes will be equipped with Bob Denny’s Observatory Control Program so that young people will be able use these telescopes, and a program of lectures, advice, and consulting will be offered to all the institutions that have telescopes.

Right now as we build up our program, we have five remote telescopes in use.

 

Several 14-inch Meade telescopes are available for remote use by Friends of Sharing the Sky

David’s presentations satisfy as many as 600 children, or small classes.

LET’S TALK STARS

To reach even more people, NSSF conducts two internet-based radio programs. Heard around the world at www.letstalkstars.com, David and Wendee interview the people who bring the night sky to life. On Meade 4m Community’s Ask David, the couple talks about using telescopes to enjoy the sky.

Mission Statement

The National Sharing the Sky Foundation (NSSF) seeks to inspire people, especially children, with the magic and beauty of the night sky. Through lecture presentations, guided activities, and education,  NSSF seeks to promote intelligent awareness of astronomy and its allied sciences.

NSSF believes the night sky can teach us humility – appreciating humankind’s small place in the universe; build friendship – learning the night sky is best done with others; and most importantly impart joy – learning the night sky is fun.

BECOME A FRIEND OF SHARING THE SKY

Sharing the Sky is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. We do need donors to make this work. We would love to talk with you about opportunities to donate.

Press Release

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Contacts:
David Levy
info.sharingthesky@gmail.com


David H. Levy Announces The Launch Of The
National Sharing The Sky Foundation


Tucson, AZ, March 9, 2006 – David H. Levy, discoverer of 21 comets and Science Editor of Parade Magazine, announced today the launch of the National Sharing The Sky Foundation. By sharing David Levy’s passion for astronomy, this new Foundation is dedicated to providing inspiration to young people to pursue interests in science and engineering. David’s interest in astronomy was sparked by experiences he had when he was 8 years old at summer camp. This spark of inspiration led to a lifelong passion for astronomy in David’s life, who is now the most famous amateur astronomer in the world and co-discovered of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 that crashed into Jupiter in 1994. David’s passion for astronomy is contagious. Through the National Sharing The Sky Foundation, David will provide a series of stimulating lectures to young people around the country to open their eyes to the wonders of our vast universe.

The National Sharing The Sky Foundation was founded, in part, due to a concern that our nation is falling behind in science and engineering skills required to maintain our position as a technology leader in the world. In the year 2004, our institutions of higher education graduated about 70,000 engineers, while China graduated 600,000 engineers and India graduated 350,000. Recently, high school seniors in the U.S. scored below average in a test of general knowledge in mathematics and science given to students in 21 countries. In 2001, U.S. industry spent more on tort litigation than on research and development.[1] In order for our country to continue to be technologically innovative and economically competitive, we need to interest more young people in pursuing careers in science and engineering.

“It is my hope that the National Sharing The Sky Foundation will be a vehicle for inspiring young people to reach for the stars,” said David Levy, President of the Foundation, “and that we will attract some of them to the fields of science and engineering.” The National Sharing The Sky Foundation will also be giving a limited number of telescopes to schools and communities for use by students.

About the National Sharing The Sky Foundation

The National Sharing The Sky Foundation is a nonprofit charitable organization that sponsors a series of lectures around the country by David H. Levy to young audiences. By sharing David Levy’s passion for astronomy with young people, the Foundation hopes to inspire our youth to consider potential careers in science and engineering. Through the generous support of Meade Instruments Corporation, the Foundation makes a limited number of 14-inch telescopes available for permanent placement at schools and for use in connection with elementary and high school educational programs. The Foundation also supports a regular radio talk show entitled “Let’s Talk Stars,” that is underwritten by Starizona. The ultimate goal of the Foundation is to inspire our youth to reach for the stars.

For more information contact David H. Levy at info.sharingthesky@gmail.com.

[1] SOURCE: The statistics cited herein are from a report issued by the National Academies of Science.