Observing the Evening Sky

with Academy Fellows David Deutsch, Alia Jackson, and Jay Lang
at Curtis High School
Monday, August 16, 2021 • Backup dates: Tuesday, August 17 • Wednesday, August 18, 2021

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Registration is closed.
Deadline: August 14.

Interested in astronomy, but hate late nights? The early evening sky offers more than the moon. You’ll see planets, double stars, wispy nebulae, fuzzy clusters, meteorites, and galaxies. Along the way, we’ll show you various telescope setups and some useful apps. Join us at Curtis High School on Staten Island, just a short walk from the Staten Island Ferry terminal.

Dave Deutsch just completed his thirtieth year teaching physics and mathematics at the Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics in East Harlem. Inspired in no small part by Alia and Jay, he facilitates Manhattan Center’s Astronomy Club and looks forward to the return of in-person telescope nights on the school’s roof next fall. When not engaged in school activities, he rides his bike and spends time with his family, which includes two college-age kids.

Alia Jackson has taught physics and astronomy at Curtis High School for fifteen years, and mentors the Astronomy Research Club (in collaboration with Rooftop Variables at Columbia University) and the Cancer Awareness Club. She is also an adjunct professor in the astronomy department at the College of Staten Island. Whenever she gets the chance, she enthusiastically encourages her two young children, her students, her friends—indeed, anyone who will listen—to “look up!” 

Jay Lang is entering his fifteenth year of teaching high school mathematics and engineering at Curtis High School. When not out with a telescope bringing the night sky to his students, Jay can be found moonlighting as a drummer around New York City. Per aspera ad astra!

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