Jason Kendall
William Paterson University
Amateur Astronomers Association of New York

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It's cloudy tonight, so we're cancelling

Take Back Our Park: Stargazing for Women's Safety
March 28, 2013 8:30 PM to 11:00 PM.

A stargazing event in support of community safety.

As the days get warmer in the Spring, people will want to go out into our parks, and enjoy them at night. Of paramount importance is that people are safe in the parks no matter what they are doing, playing dominos, walking Fido, watching owls or jogging around. This stargazing event shall highlight and feature women's safety in the park. It is critical that all women in Inwood feel safe and to that end, we take over the park for stargazing and for chatting about women's concerns. We want every woman every girlfriend, sister, daughter, mother and wife, to feel like the Parks are theirs at night as well. The only way to do that is to use the park. Let's start the Spring and Summer in Inwood right. Let's get together in celebration and support of all women in Inwood!

Since this is a stargazing event, we'll change the night if it's rainy or cloudy, so that we can see the stars and planets. We are tentatively setting the date, but we'll pull it up and push it back a day, if we need to, so that the stars are out.

Our meeting place shall be the baseball diamonds right at the entrance to Inwood Hill Park at Seaman and Isham Streets, in Manhattan.

I hope we will see you there!

Location

We will be in the baseball diamonds near the entrance at Seaman and Isham Streets. Please see the map below. To arrive by subway, take the "A" train to the last stop. Come out the stairs at the front of the train, and go up the hill alongside the church. This entrance is right in front of you. The distance between the Meeting Place and the subway is two short blocks at Isham and Seaman Streets. Click here to learn more about Inwood Hill Park. You do not need to bring a telescope. I will provide a telescope to look through. It is an amazing view of the heavens. You'll see planets, stars and nebulae!


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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

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