Jason Shilling Kendall: Citizen Astronomer

William Paterson University
Amateur Astronomers Association of New York

Public Lectures at the Inwood Hill Park Nature Center

New York City Parks
Inwood Hill Park at 218th and Indian Road, New York, NY 10034


Transit of Venus Preview

June 2, 2012

On June 5th, Venus will transit the Sun. This means that with the right equipment, you can actually see the shadow of Venus as it passes in front of the Sun. This is a rare event which won't happen again for 105 years. It's a once-in-a-lifetime event, so please join us and learn what's new under the Sun.

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Solar System Exploration: What's Next?

July 16, 2011

Join me as I talk about 2011's amazing NASA missions. I'll do an overview of the upcoming launch of the Juno mission to Jupiter, marking NASA's return to the King of the Planets. I'll also talk about the arrival of MESSENGER at Mercury, which took place on March 17. I'll also give a preview of the Dawn Mission to the asteroid Vesta, which is the first spacecraft to orbit an asteroid. (The Vesta Fiesta is coming up in August!) Finally, I'll talk about NASA's flagship mission to Mars: Curiosity, the Mars Science Laboratory, which will seek out past life on Mars. Join us, it'll be an amazing afternoon and a whirlwind of exciting news!

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The Hubble Space Telescope: Images that Changed the World

December 18, 2010

The Hubble Space Telescope has profoundly impacted our understanding of the universe. We'll look at the amazing discoveries and see the Universe in a whole new light. We'll focus on the interesting discoveries of 2010.


Saturn: the Ringed Planet Up Close and Personal

October 16, 2010

NASA's Cassini mission to Saturn has lasted a decade, and this great planet has provided us with amazing vistas and tantalizing possibilities for looking for life in our Solar System on Enceladus and Titan. We'll also show a quick planetarium show, and we'll see what's up in our night sky.


Our Sun; the Nearest Star

September 11, 2010

This lecture features the astonishing new views from the Solar Dynamics Observatory, NASA's mission to the Sun. The Sun is no ordinary place; a million times bigger than the Earth, its storms cause power outages and aurorae here on Earth. SDO seeks to uncover mysteries too bright to look at. We'll also show a quick planetarium show, and we'll see what's up in our night sky.


Planets Around Other Stars: The Exoplanets

August 21, 2010

Planets around other stars used to be in realm of science fiction. However, in the past 10 years, more than 450 planets have been found orbiting other stars. We will look at some of these odd worlds, and how they shape our understanding of our own Planet Earth. We'll also look at the first space mission dedicated to finding Earth-like planets around Sun-like stars: NASA's Kepler Space Telescope. Later that night, we'll show you where to look in the sky to see where Kepler is looking. We'll also show a quick planetarium show, and we'll see what's up in our night sky.


The Problem with Pluto: The Discovery, the Debate, the Science

July 24, 2010

Join us for a lively discussion on the discovery of the dwarf planet Pluto, and the huge debate surrounding its demotion from full planethood and the science of the Outer Planets. We'll learn a lot about all the other planets as we strive to understand this one mysterious, icy world at the farthest reaches of the Solar System. We'll also see the latest updates from the New Horizons spacecraft as it continues its long journey to encounter this beguiling body.


Galileo's Telescope: How Astronomy Changed the World

January 23, 2010

In 1609, when Galileo Galilei first looked through a telescope in 1609, what he found changed the world. We'll talk about what he saw through his new invention, and show you a model of the type of telescope he looked through. We'll learn about his observations of the Moon, Venus, and Jupiter and why they were so revolutionary during his time. Finally, we'll look at modern observations using the latest most powerful telescopes, as they peer not just at the planets, but at distant stars and galaxies.


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