Guest Speaker: Edward Gleason
Topic: Dark Skies over Maine
The University of Maine Southworth Planetarium is on a quest to discover whether another planet exists beyond Pluto! Scientists have discovered more than 3,400 exoplanets. An exoplanet is a planet around another star. Many astronomers believe this planet exists! Whether you are a die hard Star Trek fan or simply interested in astronomy, this Food For Thought talk/ luncheon is for you. We are excited to have this intelligent and witty astronomer with us!
Edward Gleason has been the Director of Southworth Planetarium at USM Portland since 1999. Mr. Gleason's journey toward his passion is described as follows; “When Edward Gleason was in third grade, he and his classmates visited their local planetarium to watch a show about the solar system. During the live presentation that followed, the presenter asked the class many questions. One child in the class eagerly raised his hand each time and impressed the presenter by correctly answering each question and exhibiting a true passion for the topic. Edward Gleason was fast asleep in the chair next to him.” Lucky for us Edward found his passion as a high school student after a trip to the Harvard University Planetarium. "Ever since, Edward has been engaged in astronomy education: teaching classes, writing articles, presenting planetarium shows, and visiting outside venues to cram astronomy down the throats of the innocent and unsuspecting.”
The cost of the luncheon is $8.00 pp by RESERVATION ONLY and must be made by noon on Wednesday, February 6, 2019.
Senior College reservation line is 753-6510 and follow the prompts.
Those without a reservation can purchase a lunch at Café LA on campus and are welcome to listen to the speaker for free.
Doors open at 11:30 a.m. for lunch and the program is from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m.
Please note that there may be rare occations that we may have to change the program on the scheduled day.