Jason Kendall
William Paterson University
Amateur Astronomers Association of New York

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The Real Big Bang Theory - How the Universe Began

A Public Lecture at William Paterson University
Thursday, April 25, 6:30 PM
8:00 p.m. Stargazing in the Football Field
University Commons, Room 168 AB

"Join Professor Jason Kendall as he describes the evidence for the Big Bang and details the recent results from the Planck Mission, which has rediscovered the influence of Dark Energy and the acceleration of the Cosmos. We'll learn about the Cosmic Microwave Background, the origin of atoms, the size of the universe. Afterwards, if it is clear, we'll go outside with telescopes to look at Jupiter and the Moon. If ever you wanted a Bazinga, this is the night!"

Map for the location

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From Highway 80 in New Jersey, going West away from New York City, take exit 53 to Wayne/Bulter/Verona. Follow 23 North to Butler. Follow 23 North to Alps Road exit on the right. Go on Alps Road for a couple of miles until you get to a major instersection and take a right on Ratzer Road. When you get to Hamburg Turnpike, cross it towards the university. There is a good pizza spot right at this intersection. The road immediately veers right, and goes around the campus perimeter. Take a left on East Road, "Entrance 1", and follow it up to the parking area.

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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