William Paterson University
Amateur Astronomers Association of New York
The Inwood Astronomy Project, New York City
Calendar and Events
Writing and Publicity
The Historic Inwood Star Fest
Star Party with Dr. Michio Kaku
The Transit of Venus
Curiosity Landing Party
The Official IYA Theme Song
A Public Lecture by Jason Kendall:
"Pluto, the Battle for a Planet"
Friday, October 24: 7:30 PM
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Stargazing sessions are supported by the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York.
Image credit: NASA
As an integral part of our community, we make use of our great parks and what they have to offer. We really do have some nice parks. And suprisingly, we can actually see some dark skies, and see all of the main celestial wonders. Come join us!
Stargazing Locations in Inwood Hill Park
- The Bear Rock Meadow
- The hilltop near Seaman and Isham Streets
- The Soccer Fields
- The Baseball Diamonds
- Dyckman Fields
Indoor Event Locations
The weather is the most important thing for stargazing. We can't look through rain or clouds. We want clear, dry skies. Actually, colder is always better, because it freezes out the moisture.
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!
We look up to look within