Next Meeting Presentation

1 Sept. 2022 – Club Meeting Presentation
— Thursday night, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

This free speaker presentation will be offered in-person at the UNC-Asheville Reuter Center and virtually online. Registration is not required; use this Zoom link to watch the presentation remotely.

An Astronomy Guest Speaker Series Event – a collaboration of the Astronomy Club of Asheville and UNC-Asheville

The First Science with the James Webb Space Telescope
– presented by
David Wake, Ph.D.
,
UNC-Asheville


NASA and ESA’s latest flagship space observatory, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), began science operations at the start of July 2022. This long awaited observatory has proven to perform even better than expected, and it is set to transform our understanding of many aspects of the Universe, from our own solar system, to life on other planets, and the origins of the first galaxies. In this presentation Dr. Wake will talk about what makes the JWST such a powerful instrument and present and explain some of the first science results that it has produced in its first 8 weeks of operations. Even as you read this, less than 4 weeks from the start of scientific operations, the JWST is already changing our understanding of the early stages of galaxy formation in the Universe.