Jason Kendall
William Paterson University
Amateur Astronomers Association of New York

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Night 17 of 100: March 25th
March 25, 2009

100 Nights in New York City Watching the Stars

Tonight at Inwood Hill Park at 8:30 PM! Come Look Through a Telescope Every Wednesday and Saturday Night in 2009!By far the largest public outreach program in New York City, we hope to get 5000 New Yorkers to come look through a telescope for the first time. It.s always free and open to the public. We will be out all the clear nights in New York in 2009, looking at the stars, planets and galaxies. We.ll be giving away posters, postcards, and other doodads. Great for families and kids, we will show that the wonder of the night sky is something that all New Yorkers can enjoy.Every Wednesday and Saturday Night in 2009 at 8:30 PM until about 11:00 PM We always start our events at the entrance to Inwood Hill Park at the corner of Seaman and Isham Streets. About 30 minutes after we start, we go to the hilltop observing site. To get to the hilltop, walk into the park towards the flagpole, turn left behind the tennis courts. You will see a stone stairway to your right. Go up. There are no lights, so bring a flashlight. When you get to the top, look right and you.ll see a clearing about 20 yards off the path. That is where we are.To arrive by subway, take the .A. train to the last stop. Come out the stairs at the front of the train, and go up the hill alongside the church. This entrance is right in front of you. The distance between the Meeting Place and the subway is two short blocks at Isham and Seaman Streets. See you there! Above: The Meeting Place View Larger Map on Google Maps

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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