Jason Kendall
William Paterson University
Amateur Astronomers Association of New York

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Introduction to Astronomy
A Free Natural Science Class Series at the New York Public Library

The Planets: August 7, 2010, 1:00 PM
The Stars: September 18, 2010, 1:00 PM
Galaxies and the Universe: October 9, 2010, 1:00 PM
New York City Public Library, Inwood Branch

We'll cover a survey of all things astronomical in three sessions. On the first session, we'll learn all about the planets in our Solar System. We'll learn about Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, Uranus, little Pluto, Comets, Asteroids, and the Kuiper Belt. And we'll learn about the Earth as a planet, too. We'll also talk about the planets found around other stars. What makes up a planet? Which ones have we visited? What is the debate about Pluto?

The second session, we'll talk all about stars. We'll learn about the Sun, the closest star, but then we'll branch out and learn about the others. How do they shine? How do they form? How far away are they? How do they live and die? What is a supernova? What are white dwarfs, neutron stars and black holes? What is the fate of our Sun?

Finally, we'll look at Galaxies. We'll learn about our own Milky Way Galaxy, the band of hazy light that you see from a dark location. We'll also learn about the vastness of cosmic space, and how galaxies grow and change. We'll try to put it all together with the Big Bang, and how galaxies formed, and how the Universe will change and grow in the far distant future.

No prior knowledge of Astronomy is required. This course is perfect for kids from 12 to 120. Just bring your curiosity, and we'll show you the wonders of the universe. Each class is free and open to the public.

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About The Lectures

As part of continuing public outreach on science and astronomy, following The International Year of Astronomy 2009, Jason Kendall is presenting numerous Planetarium Shows, Lectures and classes at the New York Public Library, Inwood Branch, Inwood Hill Park Nature Center and at other locations around New York City. Events feature astonishing photos from the NASA's current space and planetary exploration missions and up-to-date research and ideas from Astronomy.

All events are free, open to the public, and suitable for kids over 12.

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.

"Up, Up, Up in the Sky" was recorded by Donna Stearns, Matt Gordon, Clara Barton Green and Eric Vetter.


The New York Public Library, Inwood Branch is located at 4790 Broadway [near Dyckman St.], New York, NY 10034-4916. The lectures will be givn in the downstairs auditorium. The library's phone number is 212-942-2445. To get there by train, take the "A" train to the Dyckman/200th Street stop. It is one block from the subway. You can also come by the "1" train, but the walk from the Dyckman Street stop over to Broadway is about 6 blocks.

Thanks for the Generous Support by the

New York Public Library

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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