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  • Solar Eclipse 2024- A Science Talk with Jon Wallace


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    Jon Wallace

    On Monday April 8, 2024, Maine will be visited by a total solar eclipse! This is a very rare event and one, not to be missed! Get prepped for the eclipse and join our friend Jon Wallace to learn more about the Sun and its features; what you may see during the eclipse; why it is important to travel to the areas of totality; how to see the eclipse safely and much more. This is an all-ages event and we will be giving away eclipse viewing glasses to take home. Hope to see you there!

    Jon Wallace was an award-winning high school science teacher in Meriden, Connecticut for over 32 years. He is past president of the Connecticut Association of Physics Teachers and was an instructor in Wesleyan University’s Project ASTRO program. He has managed the Naugatuck Valley Community College observatory and run many astronomy classes and training sessions throughout Connecticut. Jon has had an interest in ‘non-visual’ astronomy for over thirty years and has built or purchased various receivers as well as building over 30 demonstration devices for class use and public displays. He is a NASA Solar System Ambassador and has given presentations at a number of schools, libraries and other group meetings. He was on the Board of the Society of Amateur Radio Astronomers (SARA), was the Education Coordinator for SARA, and helped develop teaching materials for SARA and the NRAO (National Radio Astronomy Observatory) for use with their IBT (Itty-Bitty radio Telescope) educational project as well as beginner materials for the SARA website and journal. In addition, Jon studies the Sun through daily radio astronomy data and taking regular Hydrogen Alpha solar images which he posts on his website ( Other interests include collecting meteorites/micrometeorites, raising arthropods (“bugs”) and insectivorous plants. Jon has a BS in Geology from the University of Connecticut; a Master’s Degree in Environmental Education from Southern Connecticut State University and a Certificate of Advanced Study (Sixth Year) in Science (Astronomy) from Wesleyan University. He currently lives in Maine and gives free presentations in schools, libraries and other venues in the Freeport area.


    Mar 12 2024


    5:30 pm


    Rockland Public Library - Community Room
    80 Union St, Rockland, ME 04841, USA

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