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 Spring of 2019:

Online Introductory Astronomy Class

CRN: 13935, PHYS 1700-81, Online lectures and lab.

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The Full Course of Videos


  • Module 1: Telescopes: the Tools of Astronomy
    1. Telescopes, part 1: Refraction and Reflection
    2. Telescopes, part 2: Angular Resolution and Seeing
    3. Telescopes, part 3: Plate Scale, Focal Ratio and Magnification
    4. Extremely Basic Concepts about CCDs
    5. Big Telescopes and High Resolution
    6. Radio Telescopes
    7. Space-Based Telescopes
    8. All Sky Astronomy Surveys

  • Module 2: Atoms and Light: The Interaction and Nature of Light and Matter
    1. The Nature of Light, Part 1
    2. The Nature of Light, Part 2
    3. Stellar Brightness and Magnitudes
    4. Color and Temperature
    5. Kirchhoff's Laws of Spectroscopy
    6. Atoms, Elements and Isotopes
    7. The History of the Atom
    8. The Bohr Model of the Atom

  • Module 3: The Sun
    1. The Sun's Bulk Properties
    2. The Sun's Surface Appearance
    3. The Core of the Sun
    4. Energy Transport inside the Sun
    5. What Powers the Sun?
    6. The Solar Neutrino Problem

  • Module 4: Measuring the Stars
    1. Stellar Spectral Classification
    2. Parallax and Proper Motion
    3. Binary Stars: Visual and Spectroscopic
    4. Binary Stars: Stellar Masses from Eclipsing and Spectroscopic Binaries, PLUS Proxima "b"
    5. Binary Stars 3; The Mass of Proxima b and Stellar Masses
    6. The Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram
    7. Stellar Radii
    8. Stellar Mass, Luminosity and Lifespan
    9. Spectroscopic Parallax
    10. Star Clusters and Stellar Evolution

  • Module 5: Star Birth and Origins
    1. Stellar Evolution Overview
    2. The Interstellar Medium
    3. Giant Molecular Clouds
    4. HII Star Forming Regions
    5. Protostars

  • Module 6: Star Death
    1. The Evolution of Low- and Solar-Mass Stars
    2. The Evolution of High-Mass Stars
    3. Core-Collapse Supernovae
    4. Supernova Remnants

  • Module 7: Stellar Corpses: White Dwarfs, Novae and Neutron Stars
    1. White Dwarfs and Degenerate Gases
    2. Novae and Type 1a Supernovae
    3. Neutron Stars
    4. Pulsars, X-ray Bursters and Kilonovae

  • Module 8: Stellar Corpses: Black Holes and Gravitational Waves
    1. Black Holes
    2. Gamma Ray Bursts
    3. Gravitational Waves Discovered
    4. Gravitational Waves Seen in Light

  • Module 9: The Milky Way
    1. The Cosmic Address
    2. The Cosmic Distance Debate
    3. The Milky Way's Many Faces
    4. The Milky Way's Pop I and II Stars
    5. Milky Way Formation, Evolution and Fate
    6. The Milky Way's Spiral Arms
    7. Dark Matter in the Milky Way and Beyond
    8. The Supermassive Black Hole at the Center of the Milky Way

  • Module 10: Galaxies in the Cosmos
    1. The Hubble Galaxy Classification
    2. Interacting Galaxies
    3. The Extragalactic Distance Scale
    4. Hubble's Law of Redshift
    5. Groups & Clusters of Galaxies
    6. Galactic Evolution and deep surveys
    7. Active Galactic Nuclei
    8. The Central Engine of an Active Galaxy

  • Module 11: Cosmology and the Big Bang
    1. Cosmic Homogeneity and Isotropy
    2. The Hot Big Bang
    3. The Cosmic Microwave Background
    4. The First Three Minutes of the Universe
    5. Large Scale Structure Formation
    6. Cosmic Inflation
    7. Supernovae, Dark Energy and the Ultimate Fate of the Universe

  • Module 12: Fundamentals of the Sky
    1. Finding our way around the sky, and our Place in Space
    2. Earth's orbit and tilt. The Seasons, the Year and the Day
    3. Lunacy! Phases, Eclipses and Orbit of the Moon.
    4. Distance, Parallax and Parsecs
    5. How Round the Earth? How Far the Sun?
    6. I Got the Sun in the Mornin' and the Moon at Night...
    7. Why did we once think Earth was at the center?

  • Module 13: The Birth and Rise of Science
    1. The Dawning of Astrophysics
    2. Galileo, the Father of Science
    3. Galileo's Denouement
    4. Newton's Laws as well as his Guidelines
    5. Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Equation?
    6. And Yet It Moves: Galileo Vindicated
    7. Wave Motions Everywhere
    8. The Emerging Ideas about Light
    9. Newton's Corpuscles of Light: So Close, but So Far....
    10. The End of Newton's Theory of Light

  • Module 14: Special and General Relativity
    1. Faraday, Maxwell and the Aether
    2. The Speed of Light and the Michelson Morley Experiment
    3. The Great Relativistic Conundrum
    4. Special Relativity's Implications
    5. Special Relativity in Detail
    6. General Relativity Raison d'être
    7. General Relativity Curvature and Tests
    8. General Relativity: The Bending of Light's Path
    9. General Relativity, The Slowing of Time by Gravity
    10. The Tides

  • Solar System and Exoplanets
    1. Overview
    2. Mars
    3. Moon
    4. Voyager
    5. Exoplanets with Kepler Space Telescope and TESS

    William Paterson University Department of Physics American Astronomical Society Amateur Astronomers Association of New York Astronomical Society of the Pacific