Stockton Astronomical Society
Coming Up [view SAS Sky Calendar (143.3KB PDF file) May 2015]
Sunday, May 3 -- Full Moon
Saturday, May 9 at sunset -- Highway 4 Star Party
Thursday, May 14 at 7:30 pm -- Regular Meeting of SAS in Olson Hall, Room 120, at UOP
Saturday, May 16 at sunset -- High Altitude Star Party
Sunday, May 17 -- New Moon
Friday, May 22 at 8:00 pm -- Sky Tours at Delta College -- (Athletic-1 parking lot)
Saturday, May 23 at 8:15 pm -- Public Star Party at Oak Grove Regional Park
SAS May 14th Meeting
Stockton Astronomical Society presents
The James Webb Space Telescope: Science Potential and Project Status
The unprecedented sensitivity and resolution of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) will significantly advance a broad variety of astrophysics soon after it is launched in 2018. Its large (6.5-m diameter) primary mirror and infrared instruments will allow it to see some of the very first luminous objects that formed in the Universe after the Big Bang. Other major science themes of JWST encompass studying the assembly of galaxies, the birth of stars and planetary systems, and planetary systems and the origins of life.
JWST will be the premier astrophysics space observatory for NASA and the European Space Agency over its 5 - 10 year mission lifetime, supplanting the Hubble Space Telescope (which primarily works at visible and ultraviolet light wavelengths). In addition to the topics covered in this talk, many scientists will use JWST to make discoveries that we have not yet imagined.
JWST employs many unique technologies, and the mission has been in development for over 10 years. Many major hardware components - all large optics and all science instruments - have been completed, and integration of major components has begun. In this talk I will illustrate the mission's science potential and highlight the status of this development effort.
What's to See Tonight
Astronomy in the News
Thinking of Buying a Star?
California's First Astronomical Observatory
Picture of the Day
From the US Naval Observatory
From NASA Space Place Program
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