Jason Kendall
William Paterson University
Amateur Astronomers Association of New York

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Galileo's Telescope
How Astronomy Changed the World
Saturday, January 23, 2010 at 10:00 AM

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.


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 lecture will be at the Inwood Hill Park Nature Center, located in Inwood Park at 218th and Indian Road, in Northern Manhattan. (212-304-2365) To get there by train, take the "A" train to the 207th Street stop. Walk West to Inwood Hill Park. Go down to the waterfront and you'll see a large building. That is the nature center. Click here for the current events at the Nature Center and Inwood Hill Park. A map is below.


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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

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