Virtual Lecture: Science with the James Webb Space Telescope: Searching for the First Stars

Date: December 7, 2021
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Virtual event
Category: Lecture
The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), the successor to NASA’s famous Hubble Space Telescope, is scheduled to launch on December 18, 2021.  The WSU Planetarium is pleased to collaborate with the Detroit Public Library on a series of virtual lectures to commemorate this occasion. This is the second lecture in the series.

The six meter diameter mirror and sensitive infrared detectors of the James Webb Space Telescope will allow astronomers to get an unprecedented view of the universe. In this talk Dr. Ed Cackett (WSU Physics & Astronomy) will discuss the main science goals of JWST, from searching back into the very early universe for light from the first stars, to learning about the atmospheres around extrasolar planets and the search for the building blocks of life elsewhere in the universe.

Dr. Edward Cackett is Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Wayne State University. He specializes in the astrophysics of compact objects (neutron stars and black holes). His research uses data from a variety of ground-based and space telescopes, including NICER, Swift, Chandra, NuStar and the WSU Zowada Observatory.

Wayne State University is partnering with the Detroit Public Library on a series of presentations around the JWST launch, with support from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

December 2021