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


Module 11: The Big Bang

Supplements and Credits

Supplement the videos with "OpenStax Astronomy"


01: Cosmic Homogeneity and Isotropy


02.1: Why Does Cosmic Expansion Cause Redshift?

Frequently, people don't understand why expansion means that light gets redshifted. Here I try to link the two ideas. I hope it helps!


02: The Hot Big Bang


03: The Cosmic Microwave Background

The Cosmic Microwave Background is one of the most important discoveries in all of science.


04: The First Three Minutes of the Universe


05: Large Scale Structure Formation

Large-scale structure formation in the universe is the final pillar in the Hot Big Bang Standard Model. We want to know how galaxy clusters formed, how dark matter came to be where it is. Also, we learn why galaxy cluste[rs have so much hot gas, and how the absorption features in distant quasars came to be. We also see how the dark matter distribution can be mapped by its effect on galaxy's light and on the shape of clusters too. We also see how the Cosmic Microwave Background plays a central role in it all.


06: The Inflationary Epoch

The Inflationary Epoch solves a number of problems associated with the Standard Big Bang model. It also raises some wild questions about the nature of the origin of the cosmos.


07: The Ultimate Fate of the Universe

The discovery of Dark Energy in 1998 by two teams helped us learn what will happen at the end of the Universe.

  • Further Learning and Textbooks (not required.  Just as an FYI.)
    William Paterson University Department of Physics American Astronomical Society Amateur Astronomers Association of New York Astronomical Society of the Pacific