Jason Kendall
William Paterson University
Amateur Astronomers Association of New York

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The IAP Lecture Series at the New York Public Library

A NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassadors Program Event


The Universe in Our Back Yard: The Hubble Space Telescope and the LCROSS Lunar Impact Mission

October 10, 2009, 1:00 PM
These two missions are capturing the imaginations of people all over the world. The Hubble Space Telescope was just newly refurbished with its last servicing mission. We will look at what it has learned about the Universe, how it probes of the deepest reaches of the cosmos, and how we interpret its myriad mysterious images. We will also look at the upcoming LCROSS Lunar Impact Mission, due to make a crater on the Moon in search of Water on October 9 of this year! With the return to deep space and the return to the Moon these two missions are shaping our understanding of the universe, and our little neck of the woods. We'll learn about the adventure of these two daring spacecraft, one with a 19 year history of problems and triumph, and one that has a one-way ticket to being a crater on the Moon. We will even take a peek at the next space telescope that will surpass Hubble: The James Webb Space Telescope.


About The Lectures

As part of continuing public outreach on science and astronomy, following The International Year of Astronomy 2009, Jason Kendall is presenting numerous Planetarium Shows, Lectures and classes at the New York Public Library, Inwood Branch, Inwood Hill Park Nature Center and at other locations around New York City. Events feature astonishing photos from the NASA's current space and planetary exploration missions and up-to-date research and ideas from Astronomy.

All events are free, open to the public, and suitable for kids over 12.


Also Featured at this Event...

A Special Performance of "Up Up Up in the Sky"
Written and Composed by Donna Stearns
An official song of the International Year of Astronomy.


Location

The New York Public Library, Inwood Branch is located at 4790 Broadway [near Dyckman St.], New York, NY 10034-4916. The lectures will be givn in the downstairs auditorium. The library's phone number is 212-942-2445. To get there by train, take the "A" train to the Dyckman/200th Street stop. It is one block from the subway. You can also come by the "1" train, but the walk from the Dyckman Street stop over to Broadway is about 6 blocks.

Thanks for the Generous Support by the

New York Public Library



About Jason Kendall

I am currently adjunct faculty at William Paterson University teaching astronomy. I hold a Master of Science in Astronomy from New Mexico State University. I am also a board member of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York. Since 2008, I have led the Inwood Astronomy Project which brought over 200 events of stargazing and public astronomy outreach to upper Manhattan, including the historic Inwood Star Fest, where Inwood Hill Park lights were turned off as part of the 100 Hours of Astronomy event in IYA2009. This was the first time in New York City history when park lights were turned off for an astronomy event. I've also focused on park safety due to an uptick in sexual assaults in Washington Heights and Inwood during 2011. I've worked to make our parks safer by encouraging public use of parks at night through night-time events with Park Rangers. I have led numerous "starwatching parties" and astronomy events in New York City, New Mexico, Minnesota, New Jersey, Connecticut and Texas. I am also proud to have been part of the NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador Program from 2009 to 2012. It all started way back in the fourth grade by the encouragement of two noted astronomers, Charles Schweighauser and Bart Bok. I saw Saturn through Charlie's telescope at then Sangamon State University on a clear Illinois night, and Bart encouraged me under those stars to study hard to come visit him at Kitt Peak National Observatory. I finally did make it down there about a decade after Bart passed away, and I found the favorite spots in Tucson, Arizona, where Bart and his wife Priscilla would spend when they were not gazing at the stars. Bart and his wife were pioneers in the study of the Milky Way, and their studies of the starforming regions called Bok Globules. It's even in my family. My great-grandfather was a Midwestern minister who used to preach his sermons out under the dark, cloudless nights. He always believed that getting out and experiencing the wonders of the natural world was a central part of being human. My family has always been inspired by his words: "We look up to look within." I hope that you'll join me under the stars or at one of my talks.

Come see what's up in the sky!

Jason Kendall

We look up to look within

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

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