Jason Kendall
William Paterson University
Amateur Astronomers Association of New York

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Solar Saturdays: IAP and the Uptown Arts Stroll

Our Meeting Place: Isham Park by the Farmers' Market

On June 6, 13 20 and 27, between 12:30 and 2:00 PM, we'll be looking through a telescope (safely) at the Sun. Also up on deck will be Donna Stearns and the Big Bangers with their song "Up Up Up in the Sky." The Inwood Astronomy Project is happy to be a part of the Uptown Arts Stroll.

If it is Sunny, then look for us in the park. We will be out there even if it's partly cloudy. So long as there is some Sun. It is a great way to see the Sun safely up close. ( Please don't try this at home. Please always consult an astronomer before trying to look at the Sun. Looking at the Sun without a proper Solar filter can damage your eyes. We have the right filters, and we always check them before showing people the Sun. )

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. You will see the Farmers' Market. Look to the little grassy field to the right. That is where we will be, right at Isham and Cooper streets.

See you there!


Also Featured at this Event...

A Special Performance of "Up Up Up in the Sky"
Written and Composed by Donna Stearns
An official song of the International Year of Astronomy.



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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