Jason Kendall
William Paterson University
Amateur Astronomers Association of New York

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Night 27 of 100: Wednesday
April 29, 2009

tHE CLOUDS CLEARED UP, so we'll so you at the baseball diamonhds right after dark...

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It was a nice night in our new Wednesday night location at the baseball diamonds. But the clouds did decide to move in later. Before they fully arrived, we were able to some of the classics, like Moon and Saturn and M35/M36. M65/66 are always lost in the glace of the Bronx, but maybe not from the Overlook or Saturday....

We did have about 20 people show on up at the evening. Even our local homeless man who lives in the woods. He knows more about the night sky than most people, and revels in just taking it in. He'll just lie down on the ground and look up as I tell my spiel for the fifth time. He knows the park well, and is a good resource for the neighborhood, even though he does look a bit off. Amazingly, he is quite well-read, and asks good questions, always surprising those in attendance.

Anyway, we'll be up in the Meadow on Saturday, after the Uptown Planetarium.



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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