Jason Kendall
William Paterson University
Amateur Astronomers Association of New York

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Night 29 of 100: Fort Tryon Park
May 20, 2009

Tonight it will be clear, and we will be meeting at our Fort Tryon / Cloisters location at about 8:30 to about 10-10:30.

Join us just South of the Cloisters in the open field. Bring some binoculars, and believe it or not, a light jacket. It always feels cooler than you think it will. If you don't have anything, just show on up! We will be there!

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It was a great night. Jay Horowitz, Andre Stevens and Jordan Kushner filled in for me as I went to the annual meeting of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York. My three lieutenants fielded a group of about 60 people, including a full class of students down from the Bronx. When I finally arrived at 10:30,there were still about 15 people there, including Tamora, who was taking some great pictures of the night sky with her camera. In all, the night was clear, and people were happyto get out in the Park.



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

William Paterson University Department of Physics American Astronomical Society Astronomical Society of the Pacific Amateur Astronomers Association of New York

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