Wednesday, June 13, 2018
McMaster University Planetarium
1280 Main St W
Hamilton, ON L8S 4E8
The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is poised to be the next great leap in space-based observational astronomy. In 2019 it will launch to a height of 1.5 million kilometers above Earth where it will have to unfurl its tennis court sized heat shield and 2.5 story tall mirror, all without any help from people. Not only will it be an incredible deep space acrobat but JWST will revolutionize the detail of our view of the cosmos and in turn our understanding of the universe. Join us as we follow JWST from its launch through many of the contributions to scientific discovery it has in store. We will touch on how JWST will peer back through time to watch the first stars and galaxies being born, pull back the veil of space dust to spy on the formation of stars and planetary systems, and glimpse the faint signatures of atmospheres and possibly the building blocks of life on planets in other star systems.