Jason Kendall
William Paterson University
Amateur Astronomers Association of New York

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January 17 Observing
January 16, 2009

Looks like it will be cloudy on Saturday. Clear sky clock is showing bad skies.

BUT, tonight, Friday the 16th, Columbia University is out on the roof after their lecture...

Here is their spam:

Hello everyone: We will be having our first lecture and star-gazing night of the year TONIGHT, January 16th at 7PM. The sky looks like it will remain clear enough for us to use the telescopes; however, it will be COLD. Predictions are for 15F and with the windchill it shall feel about 0F. We will have some shelter in the domes, and people are invited to take a break from observing by watching our indoor astrophotography slideshows, but please dress warmly if you plan to observe the sky. The main event of the night is a lecture by our newest professor, Mary Putman, entitled "Feeding the Milky Way" starting at 7:00. Here is her abstract:

"Our Milky Way Galaxy forms new stars by continually bringing in star formation fuel. This fuel is a form of cosmic rain originating largely from our Galaxy cannibalizing other galaxies. The methods by which our galaxy eats and the telescopes used to study this process will be presented. "

Public Lecture: 7:00-7:30 PM
Telescope Observation: 7:30-9:00 PM
Astrophotography Slideshow: 7:30-8:30 PM

Mark your calendars for our next lecture to be held in two weeks, January 30th at 7:00PM. Taka Tanaka will present a lecture entitled "Eavesdropping on Supermassive Black Holes" accompanied by star-gazing at our observatory.

Remember, all of our events are free and open to all. The lectures are aimed at the level of the layperson, so children should get something out of them too. Stay only as long as you want. Bring warm clothes for windy and cold conditions on the roof. For directions to the observatory and information about our other events, please visit: http://outreach.astro.columbia.edu


About Jason Kendall

I am currently adjunct faculty at William Paterson University teaching astronomy. I hold a Master of Science in Astronomy from New Mexico State University. I am also a board member of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York. Since 2008, I have led the Inwood Astronomy Project which brought over 200 events of stargazing and public astronomy outreach to upper Manhattan, including the historic Inwood Star Fest, where Inwood Hill Park lights were turned off as part of the 100 Hours of Astronomy event in IYA2009. This was the first time in New York City history when park lights were turned off for an astronomy event. I've also focused on park safety due to an uptick in sexual assaults in Washington Heights and Inwood during 2011. I've worked to make our parks safer by encouraging public use of parks at night through night-time events with Park Rangers. I have led numerous "starwatching parties" and astronomy events in New York City, New Mexico, Minnesota, New Jersey, Connecticut and Texas. I am also proud to have been part of the NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador Program from 2009 to 2012. It all started way back in the fourth grade by the encouragement of two noted astronomers, Charles Schweighauser and Bart Bok. I saw Saturn through Charlie's telescope at then Sangamon State University on a clear Illinois night, and Bart encouraged me under those stars to study hard to come visit him at Kitt Peak National Observatory. I finally did make it down there about a decade after Bart passed away, and I found the favorite spots in Tucson, Arizona, where Bart and his wife Priscilla would spend when they were not gazing at the stars. Bart and his wife were pioneers in the study of the Milky Way, and their studies of the starforming regions called Bok Globules. It's even in my family. My great-grandfather was a Midwestern minister who used to preach his sermons out under the dark, cloudless nights. He always believed that getting out and experiencing the wonders of the natural world was a central part of being human. My family has always been inspired by his words: "We look up to look within." I hope that you'll join me under the stars or at one of my talks.

Come see what's up in the sky!

Jason Kendall

We look up to look within

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