Jason Kendall
William Paterson University
Amateur Astronomers Association of New York

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Night 3/100 and Thanks Columbia!
January 31, 2009

Tonight, Saturday night, January 31st, we will have Night Three of the 100 Nights of Astronomy in NYC. Come see Venus, star clusters, beautiful binaries.

We will meet at Inwood Hill Park at 8:00 pm, and then about go up on the hilltop above the tennis courts. I'll have my telescope, but you can bring your coat, coffee, and binoculars. See you then!

And a big shout out to Cameron, Rob and Josh and the rest of the crew at the Columbia University Astronomy Outreach. Tonight, they presented graduate student Taka Tanaka and his interesting work on gravitational waves from black hole mergers. There was a crowd of about 200 there, and they ate it up. Taka's demonstration of the sounds of black hole mergers were charming, and put a great face to Astronomy. Kudos!

The LISA experiment is now in early testing with the LISA Pathfinder mission, which seeks to test the ability of the spacecraft to do ultra-still science with 2 other "friends" 3 million miles away. A huge "cup-and-string" telephone to listen for the static of gravitational waves....



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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