The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) launched in 1990 which has provided unprecedented views of the cosmos. It is the result of a collaboration between NASA and the European and Canadian Space Agencies. JWST was named after James Webb a distinguished civil servant who was NASA administrator during the Apollo program. JWST will collect more light and see fainter objects than HST. It will also see further into the infrared spectrum and the past. These improvements require larger optics and colder detectors. These requirements and many others have made JWST challenging. First light should come about one month after launch, and we will find out how well we’ve done with this multi-nation collaboration.
Donald Chu from the Syracuse Astronomical Society will present on the James Webb Space Telescope's mission and capabilities. The successor to the Hubble Space telescope is set to launch on the morning of December 18th. The presentation will be about 30 minutes with Q&A following.
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Event Type(s): Science
Age Group(s): Adults, Seniors, Teens
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