Who Is the Director of Northern Stars?

John T. Meader


John began his planetarium career as a student operator in 1979 at the University of Maine's Jordan Planetarium. He also taught Observational Astronomy classes at the University of Maine at Orono, the University of Maine at Presque Isle and Loring Air Force Base. In 1983 he became the Planetarium Director of the Francis Malcolm Science Center in Easton, Maine.

1987 saw John found his educational business Northern Stars Planetarium. He became the first person to purchase a Starlab Portable Planetarium in order to start a business. In 1995 Northern Stars purchased the first ever Jumbo-Starlab, large enough to hold 70 students.

In 2004 John and his wife Laura traveled to northern Italy to participate in the "American Planetarian in Italy" program where John taught astronomy to Italian high school students in Brescia for an exciting week of cross cultural planetarium lessons.

2017 marked 30 years of Northern Stars Planetarium sharing the stars with the school children of Maine, servicing more than 19,000 students each year!

John is a Fellow of both the International Planetarium Society and the Middle Atlantic Planetarium Society. He is also the Archivist/Historian of the Middle Atlantic Planetarium Society.

John is also a Registered Maine Guide and an organizer for the annual Maine Canoe Symposium held each June at Camp Winona in Bridgton, Maine.

John also is a serious photographer, shooting artful pieces which include night sky, landscapes, macro, and portraits.  He has been in several photography shows, most recently a solo show titled Perspectives which featured 58 images and original music by welos2.

Born and raised in central Maine, John graduated from the University of Maine in 1982. He and his wife Laura live in Fairfield, Maine. John has three children.

John's Publications and Planetarium Articles

Middle Atlantic Planetarium Society Archives


Northern Stars Planetarium and Educational Services
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