Jason Kendall
William Paterson University
Amateur Astronomers Association of New York

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Saturday: Jupiter Up Late and the Great Double-Star Hunt
July 25, 2009

Cancelled Due to Clouds and rain forecast…Tonight, July 25, we will meet at our normal place at Payson and Beak at about 7:30 PM. We’ll wait a bit, then go up as a group. Latecomers, bring a flashlight and follow the chalk marks. The goal will be to see Jupiter’s dark spot, if it is still there, but it won’t be visible in the sky until 11:30pm or so, when it will rise above the trees.While we wait for Jupiter, we will do The Great Double-Star Hunt! We will search the sky for all the great double-stars, many with colors and many so close that they look like they are touching! If you have binoculars, bring them, you will be able to see many.To get a map and directions of the location, go here: http://www.moonbeam.net/InwoodAstronomy/location-IHP-OVERLOOK.shtmlAs always, it is weather dependent, so call the hotline at 917-529-2359 at 6:30 or 7:00 PM on Saturday to see if we are going outside. Bring a lawn chair, if you like (good idea) and wear a jacket and long pants for the bugs.Jason

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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