Jason Kendall
William Paterson University
Amateur Astronomers Association of New York

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Video Interviews


July Stargazing Highlights
an interview on The Weather Channel, "Wake Up With Al"
July 1, 2015.
July skies and what's happening with Pluto and the New Horizons mission.
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June Stargazing Highlights
an interview on The Weather Channel, "Wake Up With Al"
June 4, 2015.
June skies and what's happening in the Summer, including the Strawberry Moon, the Summer Triangle, Conjunctions of Venus and Jupiter and a short bit about "Big Telescopes".
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May Stargazing Highlights
an interview on The Weather Channel, "Wake Up With Al"
May 4, 2015.
May skies featuing Saturn!
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Reflections on Public Stargazing
an interview on "Light Years" with Rob Black
April 8, 2015.
Radio interview on a local astronomy station in North Queesland, Australia
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April Stargazing Highlights
an interview on The Weather Channel, "Wake Up With Al"
April 1, 2015.
April Fools with constellations and planets galore!
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March Stargazing Highlights
an interview on The Weather Channel, "Wake Up With Al"
March 9, 2015.
Featuring "In like a Lion, out like a lamb..."
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Pluto and the Arrival of New Horizons
Cornelia Street Cafe's "Entertaining Science" Series.
March 1, 2015.
This event is a long-running series coordinated by Nobel Laureate Roald Hoffman, and David Sulzer. The owner of the cafe is a lifetime Village fixture.
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February Skies Stargazing Highlights
an interview on The Weather Channel, "Wake Up With Al"
February 13, 2015.
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January Stargazing Highlights
an interview on The Weather Channel, "Wake Up With Al"
January 5, 2015.
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Safe Viewing of the Partial Solar Eclipse
an interview on The Weather Channel, "Wake Up With Al"
October 23, 2014.
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Prepping for the Lunar Eclipse
an interview on The Weather Channel, "Wake Up With Al"
October 7, 2014.
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Is Pluto a planet?
an interview on FOX5 New York
October 2, 2014.
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1609: The Birth of Science. How Galileo Shook the World.
A Public Lecture by Jason Kendall at the UACNJ Jenny Jump State Park Observatory.
June 21, 2014.
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Fighting Crime with Astronomy at Inwood Hill Park
An interview with Daniel P. Tucker of WNYC public radio for New York City
June 23, 2011
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The Quiet Pursuit of Knowledge
an interview on ScienceLine
January 13, 2011.
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Stargazing Kindles Autistic Boy's Learning and Speech
I was interviewed for this feature while at Cherry Springs Star Party in June 2014. It was an amazing thing to see the young man interacting. It was done by Will Yurman, an excellent journalist for Accuweather.
June, 2014.
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Stargazing in Inwood Hill Park
I was interviewed about Inwood Hill Park in September of 2013 by Lene Bech Sillesen, Radio Producer, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
September, 2013.
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Venus And Jupiter Conjunction
Interview on CBS 2 New York.
March 12, 2012.
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Brief appearance and final words in short promo film.
Poetica short film by Anthony Furlong
September 14, 2012.
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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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