Lecture on Webb Space Telescope, Successor to Hubble

On Monday, October 17, the Physics Department will sponsor a talk by Dr. George Sonneborn of the Space Telescope Science Institute. Dr. Sonneborn will speak on “Imaging and Spectroscopy with the James Webb Space Telescope.” The successor to Hubble, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is a joint project of NASA and the European and Canadian Space Agencies, scheduled for launch in 2018. With a segmented mirror 6.5 meters in diametermore than seven times the collecting area of HubbleJWST will enable studies of objects from extrasolar planets to the earliest galaxies in unprecedented detail.

This talk will present an overview of the JWSTs capabilities and its expected scientic return.The talk will take place at 12:30 p.m. in McCardell Bicentennial Hall, Room 104. The public is invited, and lunch will be provided.