Jason Kendall
William Paterson University
Amateur Astronomers Association of New York

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a public lecture the New York City Parks' Inwood Nature Center

Planets Around Other Stars: The Exoplanets

August 21, 2010, 10:00 AM to noon
Planets around other stars used to be in realm of science fiction. However, in the past 10 years, more than 450 planets have been found orbiting other stars. We will look at some of these odd worlds, and how they shape our understanding of our own Planet Earth. We'll also look at the first space mission dedicated to finding Earth-like planets around Sun-like stars: NASA's Kepler Space Telescope. Later that night, we'll show you where to look in the sky to see where Kepler is looking. We'll also show a quick planetarium show, and we'll see what's up in our night sky.

All events of the Inwood Astronomy Project are free, open to the public and family-friendly. There will also be free NASA handouts, posters and lithographs for everyone who attends. Suitable for kids 12 and up.

The Kepler Space Telescope website

PlanetQuest: The New Worlds Atlas

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.

For this event, "Up, Up, Up in the Sky" was performed by Donna Stearns, Beth Devlin and Clara Barton Green.


The lecture will be at the Inwood Hill Park Nature Center, located in Inwood Park at 218th and Indian Road, in Northern Manhattan. (212-304-2365) To get there by train, take the "A" train to the 207th Street stop. Walk West to Inwood Hill Park. Go down to the waterfront and you'll see a large building. That is the nature center. Click here for the current events at the Nature Center and Inwood Hill Park. A map is below.

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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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