Jason Kendall
William Paterson University
Amateur Astronomers Association of New York

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Wednesday Night
September 29, 2009

Clouds have moved in, not looking good for tonight.

On other fronts, I got some interesting news. I was invited by the AAS to give a talk at the January meeting in Washington about what has been happening here in NYC this year. We'll do some good photo ops shortly.

And I was contacted by someone at PBS to do something. Not sure what.

But coming up soon is a good big fun thing. A friend from high school, John Cerne, found me out of the blue and invited me to come give a talk at the University of Buffalo on High-Energy Astronomy, then lead a stargazing session that night. Gotta get him some flyers soon.

And then in November, a group at MIT asked me to come to a conference up there about public outreach.

but coming up in October it is all the fun that Donna is doing for the Galilean Nights, with her singers strolling around the neighborhood, and the premiere of a play about Caroline Herschel.



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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