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 2019:

Online Introductory Astronomy Class

CRN: 44146, PHYS 1700-81, Online lectures and laboratory activities.

Modules: Home | Videos | Books | Labs | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14


Module 4: Measuring the Stars

Videos: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10

Supplement the videos with readings from "OpenStax Astronomy"


Astronomy Lesson 04_04: Binary Stars Again: Eclipses, Masses and Planets

Binary stars are some of the most important stars to study, as they are the gateway to astrophysics. We can determine their masses and we can determine many other things about them. So, here we chat more about spectroscopic and eclipsing binaries, and how a planet about the size of Earth was found orbiting the star nearest to the Sun.

Video List

04_01: Stellar Spectral Classification
04_02: Parallax and Proper Motion
04_03: Binary Stars, Visual and Spectroscopic
04_04: Binary Stars Again: Eclipses, Masses and Planets
04_05: Binary Stars 3; The Mass of Proxima b and Stellar Masses
04_06: The Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram
04_07: Stellar Radii
04_08: Stellar Mass, Luminosity and Lifespan
04_09: Spectroscopic Parallax
04_10: Star Clusters and Stellar Evolution

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