Faculty Spotlight: John S. Gianforte, MSc. Astronomy

jfBy day, he is an Electrical Engineer and Director of R & D at Goss International. By night, John is an active Astronomer and a College Astronomy Instructor.  His main astronomical research interests are: observing transits of extrasolar planets, cataclysmic variable stars, comets, asteroids and supernovae.  John has been teaching Astronomy and other space science related face to face courses since 1983 and began teaching online in 2006. He currently teaches half his courses online and half face to face.  In addition to his teaching, he also writes about astronomy on his web site The Sky Guy and for newspapers.

John also has “appeared” on New Hampshire Public Radio’s The Exchange morning talk show as well as on New Hampshire Public Television’s NH Outlook, NH Skies and Windows To The Wild.  


John is the Co-founder of the Astronomical Society of Northern New England (ASNNE) which he helped form in 1983.  You can find John at the UNH Observatory for the twice-monthly public observing sessions held on the first and third Saturday nights each month.  You can see some of John’s work on his web site and the UNH Observatory web site. Over the last three years John has been a co-chair of the New England Fall Astronomy Festival (NEFAF) organizing committee at the University of New Hampshire.  NEFAF is a joint venture between the UNH Physics Department and the astronomy community throughout New England.  NEFAF’s prime mission is to bring the wonders of the universe into the lives of students of all ages.  John has also been instrumental in bringing noted guests to Durham such as Dr. Alex Filippenko, of UC Berkeley, and Dava Sobel, Author of Longitude, Galileo’s Daughter and The Planets.

“I have been a teacher nearly all of my life and there is nothing that I do that I consider more important than teaching astronomy and science.”

To contact John you may send an email to: jsgianforte@go.granite.edu.