Jason Kendall
William Paterson University
Amateur Astronomers Association of New York

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Transit of Venus Viewing in New York City

Riverside Park South, Manhattan
Tuesday, June 5, 2012, 4:00 PM to 10:30 PM
68th Street on the Hudson River waterfront.


I did a LOT during the Transit of Venus in New York City, and got a lot of publicity. I created an event on the waterfront and was able to see it. We had about 600 people show up. If it was clear, we would have had thousands.


Notes about the event itself

As a Board Member of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York, I hosted the premier New York City viewing session for this once-in-a-lifetime event. The planet Venus will pass in front of the Sun, in an event that won't happen again for 105 years. In New York City, we'll see only a couple of hours of the event as the Sun sets in the West. But we'll see the first contact, and we'll have solar viewing telescopes, pinhole cameras and projection equipment to help show the public a view of this amazing event. After the Sun sets, we'll hold a public starparty to watch the Moon, Mars and Saturn as they go across the sky. If you would like to bring your telescope to view the Sun and to participate in the stargazing party afterwards, please contact me with the linkse to the left. The Transit itself doesn't start until 6:00 PM, but if you get there a bit early, you'll get to see it all happen!

The transit itself starts at 6:03 PM in New York City.

IMPORTANT: Information on safe viewing of the Sun is here. Don't observe the Sun without proper equipment!

The event is free and open to the public.

It is suitable for people of all ages.

You do not have to bring a telescope. The AAA will provide them.

Click on the image below for a Google Map to the location.



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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