Jason Shilling Kendall: Citizen Astronomer

William Paterson University
Amateur Astronomers Association of New York
Hunter College

Thanks for coming by! I'm an energetic public speaker and science advocate focusing on astronomy as a science and as a public good. I'm currently in the process of creating a series of video lectures that will cover an entire college-level introductory astronomy course.

I am a Media Contact for the Eclipse 2017. Please email me here, and I will respond as soon as I get your note.

I will be in Glendo, Wyoming for the eclipse, and am trying to make myself media-ready for the event. I will be available (hopefully!) by Skype or Facetime for the event. If you email me, I'll try to set up a time to chat on the day of the event. If you want to see the sights from the Path of Totality, please let me know.

The Amateur Astronomers Association of New York will be do eclipse activities in Red Hook, Brooklyn at Pioneer Works on the 21st!

Eclipse FAQs

  • Can I get glasses anywhere? Probably not at this point. Also, don't get them from street vendors. There are fakes that will hurt your eyes.
  • How can I see it safely? Join the AAA at Pioneer Works, or at the AMNH, or go make your own pinhole projector with stuff you have in your kitchen.
  • I'm with the media or a group and I need an expert to be at my function. Sorry, but you are way too late. You needed to have planned it months ago. All astronomers who really are into it, are in the path of totality.
  • Dang it, I really want to drive and see totality! Best of luck, but remember that the roads will be packed and likely the state troopers of your location will be shutting down roads getting to and from the path of totality. So make sure you have a full tank of gas. If you do a crazy drive, don't sleep on people's lawns, and don't park overnight in residential areas. Be respectful of where you go.
  • https://eclipse.aas.org
  • https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov

Stargazing and Public Events

See my Introductory Astronomy lecture series

I am in the process of creating videos to make a complete online college-level introductory Astronomy course.

National Television Live Appearances

About Jason Kendall

I am currently adjunct faculty at both Hunter College and 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 Amateur Astronomers Association of New York Astronomical Society of the Pacific