General Meeting and Members' Picnic
Saturday, July 9, 2016, 5 p.m.
LVAAS South Mountain Headquarters
One of the most wonderful things we can do in life is lie down and stare at a starry sky. When we do that, we always wonder if anyone is staring back. Right now, we don't know of anyone else, but we have tantalizing evidence on nearby worlds. We'll look at the search for life going on in our own solar system, as well as the astounding findings of the search for another Earth.
Jason Kendall is currently adjunct faculty at William Paterson University http://www.wpunj.edu teaching astronomy. He holds the Master of Science in Astronomy from New Mexico State University http://astronomy.nmsu.edu and is also a board member of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York www.aaa.org. Since 2008, he has 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 www.jasonkendall.com, where Inwood Hill Park lights were turned off as part of the 100 Hours of Astronomy event in IYA2009 http://www.astronomy2009.org. This was the first time in New York City history when park lights were turned off for an astronomy event. He has led numerous "starwatching parties" and astronomy events in New York City, New Mexico, Minnesota, New Jersey, Connecticut and Texas, and was part of the NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador Programwww2.jpl.nasa.gov from 2009 to 2012.