Jon Wallace was an award-winning high school science teacher in Meriden, Connecticut for over 32 years. He has managed the Naugatuck Valley Community College observatory, run many astronomy classes and training sessions, and was an instructor in Wesleyan University’s Project ASTRO program. Currently, he is a NASA Solar System Ambassador and is on the Board of the Society of Amateur Radio Astronomers (SARA). As the Education Coordinator for SARA, he has written materials for beginning radio astronomers for the SARA journal and website. He began collecting meteorites in the 1980’s, while running observation sessions, as a program to use when weather didn’t cooperate. Currently, he is searching for and has found micrometeorites in various locales around Maine and is receiving analysis help from the Maine Gem and Mineral Museum, Colby and the University of Maine Orono. Other interests include optical and radio astronomy, raising arthropods (“bugs”), fossils, and insectivorous plants. He currently lives in Maine and gives free presentations in schools, libraries and other venues in the Freeport area.
My solar images are captured using a small hydrogen-alpha solar telescope. The images are stacked (500 are used to make each image) and colorized. Learn more by following the link below.
Micrometeorites are some of the oldest material on Earth and hold clues to the early solar system. They are tiny - only a few 'hair-widths' in diameter. They are difficult to find but are beautiful and are able to be found on most roof tops. Learn more by following the link below.