Jason Shilling Kendall: Citizen Astronomer

William Paterson University
Amateur Astronomers Association of New York

National Media Personality

Public Science Advocate
I've been on numerous national television and radio shows, talking about current events in Astronomy. I've appeared on WNYC, NBC, CBS, FOX and in the New York Times. I was a major media personality for the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse.


Introductory Astronomy Online Course

My own personal MOOC.
The goal of this video series is to create an entire online class that will cover all parts of a typical introductory astronomy college class. I do go a bit deeper than most, but that's what makes it mine.


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 2018:
Saturday Night Class
CRN: 10912, PHYS 1700-90, lecture and lab. Saturdays from 2pm to 4:30pm and 5pm to 7:30PM.


Hunter College

Jason Kendall is adjunct instructor of Astronomy at Hunter College .
Jason is teaching one section of General Astronomy in the Fall of 2017 as a Tuesday/Thursday night class.


WTC Survivor

I was one of the late people on 9/11/01. I worked on the 103rd Floor of World Trade Center One at Cantor Fitzgerald, and I am still with the company today. The link to the left is the story I wrote a few days hours after the event. Part of the reason I started back up doing astronomy was because I remembered from my youth how important the night sky was and how it filled me with wonder. To this day, it does. A full moon on a slightly couldy night is magic. A photometrically perfect dark sky where, with a small telescope, you can see the rings of Saturn has always led me to a higher place. I attended the January meeting of the AAS in 2002, and I brought back hundreds of posters to my co-workers from the meeting. They snapped them up and took them home. The dark night sky and the wonders of the cosmos gave them not just a distraction from our huge loss, but hope of a better world.


About Jason Kendall


I am currently adjunct faculty at both Hunter College and William Paterson University teaching Astronomy and Physics. I hold a Master of Science in Astronomy from New Mexico State University. Since 2008, I have worked with the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York to bring stargazing and public astronomy outreach to upper Manhattan. Most notably, I speaheaded 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 Amateur Astronomers Association of New York Astronomical Society of the Pacific