NSN Webinar Series: What to Expect from the James Webb Space Telescope

NSN Webinar Series: What to Expect from the James Webb Space Telescope

  • Nighttime Event
  • Inside Venue
  • Target Audience
  • Teen, Adult
Images: STSci, Kelly Lepo

NASA Night Sky Network members joined us on March 23 to hear Dr. Kelly Lepo update us with the latest on the James Webb Space Telescope.

The James Webb Space Telescope is NASA's next flagship space observatory, which will launch in October 2021. In this presentation, Dr. Lepo will discuss the science and challenges of infrared astronomy, as well as the big questions that the Webb telescope will help to answer: What were the first galaxies like? How do galaxies change over time? How do stars and planets form in those galaxies? What are the atmospheres of planets around other stars made of?
She will also discuss what to expect in the 6-months after launch, as controllers carefully unfold and prepare the telescope to take its first science images. You will also learn how you can host your own event celebrating the Webb launch, deployment or first images.
About Dr. Kelly Lepo

Dr. Kelly Lepo is an Education and Outreach Scientist at the Space Telescope Science Institute, where she works to support outreach efforts for the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope. She has a PhD in Astronomy and Astrophysics from the University of Toronto. She has made numerous local and national media appearances to talk about everything from the 2012 Mayan Apocalypse to the Super Blue Blood Moon. She has also served as the Coordinator of the McGill Space Institute, designed undergraduate teaching labs, taught physics at Gonzaga University, and helped build the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.

Further Information and Additional Viewing Options

The event will also be streaming live on YouTube, but please note that questions asked over the NSN-members-only Zoom Q&A will be prioritized.

The recording will be uploaded both to the webinar's resource page and to the NSN YouTube page for folks that are unable to attend this evening's session. 

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Last Update: June 23, 2021



RECORDING: Webinar Livestream on Youtube

Recording of the webinar held on March 23, 2021.

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