Jason Kendall
William Paterson University
Amateur Astronomers Association of New York

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TONIGHT! June 25! (Night 34 of 100 NoAiNYC)
June 25, 2009

The clouds broke, so out we go at 9! See you in the baseball diamonds!It was a fun short night. There were quite a few clouds that moved in, with even lightning in the distance. But I took out the ETX to see what I could see. We were able to find Saturn, Albireo, M3, and Alcor/Mizar in the little scope. The clouds were pretty vicious and relentless. These past two weeks have had not one clear night, and we took what we could get. There were a few new people showing up and a couple of return viewers. Tamora came by after seeing BLAST at Columbia U. Rob, who just moved into the neighborhood came on out. There was also a nice young couple who came out for a school project. They hadn’t seen through a scope, and I hope they come on back. But judging by the fact that they are expecting, I am sure that nights of stargazing will need to wait for a bit. Paul showed up with his iPhone and was scouring the net for information about our objets de la nuit.



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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