Jason Shilling Kendall: Citizen Astronomer

William Paterson University
Amateur Astronomers Association of New York
Hunter College

A (Short) Public Lecture by Jason Kendall: Pluto and the Arrival of New Horizons

A Public Lecture at Cornelia Street Cafe's "Entertaining Science" Series.
Sunday, March 1, 2015, 6:00 PM, doors open at 5:45
$20 cover (cash only), which includes a drink.
Curated by Roald Hoffmann & David Sulzer.
Officiated by Robin Hirsch, Minister of Culture, Wine Czar and Dean of CSC Faculty

In 1930, Clyde Tombaugh found a tiny moving speck in the inky blackness. He had finally found Percival Lowell's Planet X, but he could not have known the trouble and joy that this pint-sized ball of ice would cause back here on Earth. Always seen as the oddball planet, but loved for it anyway by children worldwide, Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Mike Brown essentially brought about its very public downfall to "dwarf planet" status. Only 1500 miles wide, this tiny world is soon to have a visitor, the New Horizons spacecraft, thus beginning the exploration of the most remote sector of the Solar System. Come learn about this wonderful "planet" and how it will tell us about our own origins.

After (or before) this 30-minute talk on this most disrespected of planets, there will be music and artwork created right there. It's an experience not to be missed!

Specifically, I'll be joined (and likely surpassed!) by artist Nadia Roden. She lives in New York where she was named "The Ice Princess" by Oprah Winfrey. She has appeared on the Martha Stewart Show and in Food & Wine magazine and Vogue Entertaining amongst others. Nadia was nominated for a Gourmand Award for her book Granita Magic (published May 2003). Nadia started serving ice lollies from a cart in Bryant Park and on the High Line in New York in 2011, where she created a sensation. Food & Wine magazine featured them as the hottest new trend.


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