John Heasley is a teacher and stargazer in the Driftless Region of Southwest Wisconsin where he enjoys the dark skies. He grew up in Philadelphia, was educated at LaSalle College High School, and earned his A.B. and A.M from Boston College. He has received training as a space educator through Space Education Initiatives and Arizona State University's Mars Education Program. He organized "October Skies" a community celebration of the first fifty years of the Space Age and has been Principal Investigator on two projects with the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium. In the summers, he is "making Martians" by teaching the next generation about Mars at Richland Center High School and University of Wisconsin-Richland. He loves to get people looking up, remembering the past, and imagining the future. He serves as a Solar System Ambassador and shares his enthusiasm for space exploration at state parks and through continuing education courses. He has shared his projects with other educators with presentations at the Astronomical League, Mars Society, Space Center Houston, Northwoods Starfest, Ripon College, University of Mars-Richland, and National Council of Teachers of English. He is a member of Iowa County Astronomers and Starsplitters of Wyalusing. He was a recent winner of the History Channel's "Ideas from our Educators" Contest, a Kohl Teacher Fellowship, and Ripon College's Distinguished Educator Award.
If you have seen plasma arches rising off the edge of the Sun, yellow dust storms raging on Mars, angry red Io emerging from the shadow of Jupiter, the golden rings of Saturn, the green dot of Uranus, and the blue dot of Neptune, the glittering star fields of Sagittarius and the delicate tendrils connecting interacting galaxies, have watched auroras and meteors writing silent signatures in the sky--if, in short, you have seen not only this world but something of the other worlds, too--well, you have lived.
So, while life is in us, and we are in it, let's keep our eyes open.
- Timothy Ferris, Seeing in the Dark