Jason Shilling Kendall: Citizen Astronomer

William Paterson University
Amateur Astronomers Association of New York

William Paterson University

Jason Kendall is adjunct instructor of Astronomy at William Paterson University.


Jason is teaching one section of General Astronomy in the Fall of 2018:

Online Astronomy Class

CRN: 40510, PHYS 1700-80, Online lectures and lab.

Syllabus for the Fall 2018 Online Course


Laboratory Exercises

  1. iTelescope Observing Assignments
  2. Solar System Size Scales
  3. Stellarium: Galileo and the Phases of Venus
  4. HR Diagram of Messier 80 using Hubble Space Telescope Data
  5. Stellar Spectra

Online Lectures

    Jason's Public Lectures

  1. The Big Bang in One Hour
  2. How Galileo Changed the World
  3. How Hard is it to Get to Mars?
  4. The Cosmic Distance Lodder
  5. Jason on TV with Al Roker

    The Early World

  6. Finding our way around the sky, and our Place in Space
  7. Earth's orbit and tilt. The Seasons, the Year and the Day
  8. Lunacy! Phases, Eclipses and Orbit of the Moon.
  9. Distance, Parallax and Parsecs
  10. How Round the Earth? How Far the Sun?
  11. I Got the Sun in the Mornin' and the Moon at Night...
  12. Why did we once think Earth was at the center?

    The Rise and Birth of Science

  13. The Dawning of Astrophysics
  14. Galileo, the Father of Science
  15. Galileo's Denouement
  16. Newton's Laws as well as his Guidelines
  17. Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Equation?
  18. And Yet It Moves: Galileo Vindicated
  19. Wave Motions Everywhere
  20. The Emerging Ideas about Light
  21. Newton's Corpuscles of Light: So Close, but So Far....
  22. The End of Newton's Theory of Light

    Classical Physics Meets its Destiny

  23. Faraday, Maxwell and the Aether
  24. The Speed of Light and the Michelson Morley Experiment
  25. The Great Relativistic Conundrum
  26. Special Relativity's Implications
  27. Special Relativity in Detail
  28. General Relativity Raison d'être
  29. General Relativity Curvature and Tests
  30. General Relativity: The Bending of Light's Path
  31. General Relativity, The Slowing of Time by Gravity
  32. The Tides

    Light and Matter

  33. The Nature of Light, Part 1
  34. The Nature of Light, Part 2
  35. Stellar Brightness and Magnitudes
  36. Color and Temperature
  37. Kirchhoff's Laws of Spectroscopy
  38. Atoms, Elements and Isotopes
  39. The History of the Atom
  40. The Bohr Model of the Atom

    The Tools of Astronomy

  41. Telescopes, part 1: Refraction and Reflection
  42. Telescopes, part 2: Angular Resolution and Seeing
  43. Telescopes, part 3: Plate Scale, Focal Ratio and Magnification
  44. Extremely Basic Concepts about CCDs
  45. Big Telescopes and High Resolution
  46. Radio Telescopes
  47. Space-Based Telescopes
  48. All Sky Astronomy Surveys

    The Sun

  49. The Sun's Bulk Properties
  50. The Sun's Surface Appearance
  51. The Core of the Sun
  52. Energy Transport inside the Sun
  53. What Powers the Sun?
  54. The Solar Neutrino Problem

    Measuring the Stars

  55. Stellar Spectral Classification
  56. Parallax and Proper Motion
  57. Binary Stars: Visual and Spectroscopic
  58. Binary Stars: Stellar Masses from Eclipsing and Spectroscopic Binaries, PLUS Proxima "b"
  59. Binary Stars 3; The Mass of Proxima b and Stellar Masses
  60. The Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram
  61. Stellar Radii
  62. Stellar Mass, Luminosity and Lifespan
  63. Spectroscopic Parallax
  64. Star Clusters and Stellar Evolution

    The Life and Times of Stars

  65. Stellar Evolution Overview
  66. The Interstellar Medium
  67. Giant Molecular Clouds
  68. HII Star Forming Regions
  69. Protostars
  70. The Evolution of Low- and Solar-Mass Stars
  71. The Evolution of High-Mass Stars
  72. Core-Collapse Supernovae
  73. Supernova Remnants

    Stellar Corpses

  74. White Dwarfs and Degenerate Gases
  75. Novae and Type 1a Supernovae
  76. Neutron Stars
  77. Pulsars, X-ray Bursters and Kilonovae
  78. TBD Black Holes
  79. TBD Gamma Ray Bursts
  80. TBD Gravitational Waves

    The Milky Way

  81. The Cosmic Address
  82. The Cosmic Distance Debate
  83. The Milky Way's Many Faces
  84. The Milky Way's Pop I and II Stars
  85. Milky Way Formation, Evolution and Fate
  86. The Milky Way's Spiral Arms
  87. Dark Matter in the Milky Way and Beyond
  88. The Supermassive Black Hole at the Center of the Milky Way

    Galaxies in the Cosmos

  89. The Hubble Galaxy Classification
  90. Interacting Galaxies
  91. The Extragalactic Distance Scale
  92. Hubble's Law of Redshift
  93. Groups & Clusters of Galaxies
  94. Galactic Evolution and deep surveys
  95. Active Galactic Nuclei
  96. TBD The Central Engine of an Active Galaxy

    Cosmology and the Big Bang

  97. Cosmic Homogeneity and Isotropy
  98. The Hot Big Bang
  99. The Cosmic Microwave Background
  100. The First Three Minutes of the Universe
  101. TBD Large Scale Structure Formation
  102. TBD Cosmic Inflation
  103. TBD Supernovae, Dark Energy and the Ultimate Fate of the Universe

    Solar System and Exoplanets

  104. Overview
  105. Mars
  106. Moon
  107. Voyager
  108. Exoplanets with Kepler Space Telescope and TESS




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