Jason Kendall
William Paterson University
Amateur Astronomers Association of New York

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In the New York Times!!!!
March 9, 2009

So, I got in the NY Times!


We are still working to Turn the Lights Out in Dyckman Fields, April 3 and 4, All Night. Click to the left to Help!

See the Night Sky Through a Telescope in New York City! EVERY Wednesday and Saturday Night at 9:00 PM in 2009. Inwood Hill Park at Seaman and Isham Streets in Manhattan.

The Uptown Planetarium at the New York Public Library

NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassadors Program Event As part of The International Year of Astronomy 2009, The Inwood Astronomy Project (IAP) is presenting twelve live Planetarium Shows at the New York Public Library, Inwood Branch.

Supported by NASA's Solar System Ambassador Program, each planetarium show is a 90-minute space and sky slide show using Astronomy software with a digital projector. Each show will feature astonishing photos from the NASA's current space and planetary exploration missions and up-to-date research and ideas from Astronomy. It's a great way to learn Astronomy with a knowledgable NASA/JPL volunteer to answer all your questions.

All shows are free, open to the public, and suitable for kids and families.

Presentation Schedule

Life in the Universe: Is There Anybody Out There? Mar. 7 and 14
Powers of Ten: How Big is the Universe, Really? Apr. 4 and 11
Our Solar Neighborhood: Amazing Views of Our Planets from Space. May 2 and 9
Wild Universe: Black Holes and Gamma-Ray Bursts, Quasars and Neutron Stars. Sep. 5 and 12
Toolboxes of Astronomy: The Large Hadron Collider, The Hubble Space Telescope, The Voyagers, and the Future. Oct. 3 and 10
Rocket Science: The Current NASA Missions to Mercury, Saturn, Mars and Earth. Nov. 7 and 14

BTW, people have been asking me if we are going to turn out the lights in the park just one minute. Well, it is a bit more than that. We will turn them off ALL NIGHT. That way, we will get about 50 amateurs with their telescopes, and hopefully some telescope vendors like Celestron and Meade to come show their wares to our large market. But best of all, the lights being off in the park all night both Friday and Saturday night will be a MAJOR bonus for the community, and all people. We will show how safe and beautiful our parks can be at night.

Jason Kendall

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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