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Welcome! 
My name is JOHN COWENS, a.k.a. the "Astro-Nut."  For the past thirty-three years I had the privilege of being a teacher in Indiana and Oregon.  Since age 7, I have been fascinated about astronomy and the incredible accomplishments of science and technology. Not only did I share exciting science discoveries with my students, but traveled to other school districts throughout Oregon for the purpose of conducting astronomy school assemblies. Although I retired from teaching in 2010, I can't seem to turn teaching off!  I am readily available to share exciting information and enthusiasm for astronomy, space education and other areas of science. 
Am I qualified to teach your students and adults? Click this link to find out About Me .

I'm starting my 20th year as the "Oregon Solar System Ambassador" hosted by NASA/JPL. This amazing program is public outreach and designed to work with motivated volunteers across the nation. My responsibility is to communicate the excitement of NASA's space exploration missions and information about recent discoveries to schools and public groups throughout Oregon, but have done presentations and star parties in Washington, California, and Indiana.

Email:  snewocnhoj@gmail.com                                                                           



What Can I Do For You? 
1. Schools: 
I can travel to classrooms to conduct a 1-hour assembly on new discoveries in our Solar System, Stars, Galaxies, and NASA space exploration missions. Go HERE to see a list of my presentations. My presentations also include model demonstrations to help students understand the complexities of space travel. I'm also willing to conduct star parties with my amazing telescope. Click HERE to see my telescope. 
2. City and Town Chamber of Commerce:  I have given several astronomy presentation to the Chamber of Commerce groups from Medford, Oregon to Salem, Oregon.  My 30 minute presentation included newest images from the Hubble Space Telescope, experiments aboard the International Space Station, and newest discoveriens in the Universe.
3. Scout Group:  I have presentated 90-minute astronomy presentations on planets, dwarf planets, asteroids, and comets in our Solar System.  Afterwards, (if time allows), I can conduct numerous a star party with my telescope for scouts and parents for the purpose of viewing planets, stars, clusters of stars, and galaxies with my telescope.
4. Wineries: I recently moved from Grants Pass to Eugene and finally taken the time to visit a few wineries in the Willamette Valley.  While sipping on a glass of delicious wine, the view overlooking the vineyards is absolutely stunning!  Why not add a telescope at this elevation and allow those visiting the winery a view of  the night sky while enjoying a glass of wine? I will also bring my laser pointer and show patrons our place in the Solar System/Milky Way Galaxy/Universe. 

If you would like to schedule an astronomy assembly and/or star party,  please check my calendar, then contact me - snewocnhoj@gmail.com                                                                
                                                                                                                                                                      
How much will the assembly cost?
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