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Public Lecture Series with Jason Kendall

Latest Discoveries at Pluto and Mars

2015 heralded astonishing discoveries in the Solar System. The spacecraft New Horizons flew by Pluto, giving humanity its first pictures of the Ninth Planet. The journey was 9 years to get to Pluto, and the discoveries were beyond what anyone had expected. Jason Kendall will highlight the trip and what was found, as well as giving a bit of background to the battle over the word “planet.” Then he will take us to Mars, where Curiosity has been roaming the surface, seeking signs of past habitability of Mars. The recent confirmation of current, seasonal water flows on Mars only raises our own desire to set foot on this not-so-alien world. Through the rovers and orbiters, we see a place that is quite familiar, and that popular media as well as serious explorers hope to put feet on the ground of the red planet within the next 20 to 30 years. We’ll discuss the nature of the past conditions on Mars and how they were discovered and how humans may soon reach out and grasp the dirt of the Red Planet with their own hands.

Jason Kendall is currently adjunct faculty at William Paterson University teaching astronomy. He holds a Master of Science in Astronomy from New Mexico State University and a Master of Fine Arts in Theater from the University of Texas at Austin. This unique combination has propelled him to be one of the foremost astronomy and science popularizers in the US. As a board member of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York since 2008, Jason has led the 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. Jason also focused on park safety due to an uptick in sexual assaults in Washington Heights and Inwood during 2011. Jason’s start in astronomy was back in the fourth grade by the encouragement of two noted astronomers, Charles Schweighauser and Bart Bok. After seeing Saturn through Charlie's telescope at Sangamon State University on a clear Illinois night, and with Bart’s encouragement and confidence, Jason studied astronomy to walk in their footsteps. This is not just a scientific journey, as Jason’s great-grandfather was a Midwestern minister who used to preach his sermons out under the dark, cloudless nights. Landy Haven always believed that getting out and experiencing the wonders of the natural world was a central part of being a complete person. Landy’s profound words under the stars continue to guide Jason in his quest to share the night sky as "We look up to look within."

Date: February 29, 2016

Time: 6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Lecture

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 East 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket Price: $10

Guest Ticket Price: $25

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