Jason Kendall
William Paterson University
Amateur Astronomers Association of New York

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Rainy Night
June 13, 2009

Looks like it’ll be rainy and cloudy on Saturday, so no stargazing…


Donna and I were making a full day and night of it. With two appearances in the neighborhood, then a night event, we will be having a great time on Saturday. Donna tells it like it is below.

Here is our map for Saturday night for the top of Inwood Park Hilltop: we meet at Payson and Beak at 7:30 PM and walk to the top of the hill together. It is a WONDERFUL way to spend the night.



Hello everyone!

Wow!! Donna Stearns and The Big Bangers have 2 gigs this Saturday, June 13 - weather permitting. First is Solar Saturdays (12:30 PM) at the Farmers’ Market, just like last Saturday. The second is Art in the Park (3:50 PM) at Ft. Tryon Park. Both performances are all part of this year’s Uptown Arts Stroll Festival.

For both events, it’s music meets astronomy with Donna Stearns and The Big Bangers kicking things off with “Up, Up, Up in the Sky.” Afterwards, Jason Kendall, a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador, will answer questions about the Sun and help you look for sunspots and solar flares through his solar telescope! Complete details for each event follows below. But first . . . have you gotten your copy of this official International Year of Astronomy (IYA2009) song “Up, Up, Up, in the Sky” ? Why put it off? The easiest way to the iTunes page is to go to www.DonnaStearns.com and then click the link-
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First– Solar Saturdays with Donna Stearns and The Big Bangers
Free event. Appropriate for all ages.
Sat., June 13 from 12:30 pm . 2:00 pm (weather-permitting)
NW Corner of Isham Street and Park Terrace West (lawn next to outdoor Farmers’ Market)

Singers are Donna Stearns, Clara Barton Green, and Matt Gordon. Il Sole Italian Restaurant and Bar is the sponsor for this event’s CD pressing, so physical CD singles will be available for purchase.
Second– Solar Saturdays with Donna Stearns and The Big Bangers
Free event. Appropriate for all ages.
Sat., June 13 at 3:50 pm (weather-permitting)
Linden Terrace in Ft. Tryon Park

Singers are Donna Stearns, Clara Barton Green, Matt Gordon and AshleyRebecca King. Il Sole Italian Restaurant and Bar is the sponsor for this event’s CDpressing.

Directions: Take the A-train to 190th St. station and take the elevators to the park.

Location: Walk through Margaret Corbin Circle to the entrance to Ft. Tryon Park. The path you’ll walk (Stan Michels Promenade) will lead you to Linden Terrace. There, artists will display their sketches, paintings, and sculptures. There will be back-to-back performances. We’re at 3:50 PM.

Before us is a Colombian Dance Group
3:50 PM is Solar Saturdays with Donna Stearns and The Big Bangers
4:00 PM is Children’s Jazz

Jason Kendall will have his telescope set up nearby to a sunny location and after “Up, Up, Up in the Sky,” we’ll take you over to see the Sun like you’ve never seen it before!

Art in the Park is gonna be awesome!! Different locations and different time slots will showcase all types of wonderful uptown artists. There will be a harpist near Cloisters Lawn and there’s NY Street Opera at Cloisters/Metropolitan Museum of Art. Art in the Park goes on until 6:00 PM! I hope you’ll make it a day of fun!

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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